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Fratton Park (ATT 12,376) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Preston North End Preston

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Pompey still searching for win

Last Updated: 15/12/12 6:33pm

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McLeod: Missed from the spot

McLeod: Missed from the spot

Portsmouth extended their winless League One run to nine matches after being held to a 0-0 draw by Preston at Fratton Park.

The south coast side controlled both halves and failed to make their superiority pay.

Pompey striker Izale McLeod earned his side a penalty after 13 minutes when he went down under pressure from Preston's Chris Robertson but stepped up to blaze a fierce effort against the crossbar.

Jake Jervis was a constant menace for the hosts and a poor Preston corner gave him the opportunity to explode forward on the counterattack after 27 minutes.

The on-loan Birmingham youngster rifled a shot goalwards which was beaten behind by North End keeper Thorsten Stuckmann.

Preston nearly snatched the lead in the final minute of the first half when Joel Byrom created space for a strike but his effort was well saved by Pompey stopper Simon Eastwood, who jumped up quickly to smother Chris Beardsley's follow-up.

Scott Allan had Pompey's best attempt of the second half, but his powerful left-footed effort was beautifully tipped over by Stuckmann after 85 minutes.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16