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New York Stadium (ATT 8,454) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Kettle

Rotherham Rotherham United vs Preston North End Preston

Millers hold Preston

Last Updated: 10/08/13 6:16pm

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Simon Grayson: Forced to settle for a draw

Simon Grayson: Forced to settle for a draw

Rotherham and Preston both had to settle for a second successive League One draw in a tremendous goalless battle.

With both teams riding high on the back of midweek Capital One Cup success, there was plenty of goalmouth action but few clear-cut chances in an enthralling first half.

Lee Holmes warmed the palms of Rotherham goalkeeper Scott Shearer after nine minutes and Holmes again soon tested the stopper with a shot he could only parry. In between, Kari Arnason had headed a Ben Pringle free-kick into the side-netting for Rotherham - who drew 3-3 at Crewe on the opening day - and Craig Morgan narrowly failed to get his head to Michael O'Connor's great free-kick.

The best chance fell to home debutant Matt Tubbs after 27 minutes when he robbed David Buchanan on the edge of the penalty area, only to fire his shot wide of the upright.

Preston - on the back of a goalless opening-day draw with Wolves - almost broke the deadlock nine minutes after the restart when Bailey Wright headed Holmes' corner against a post, while at the other end Rotherham went close as Alex Revell headed just wide.

Rotherham went even closer after 81 minutes when substitute David Worrall was inches wide with a shot from the edge of the area, and the home side knew it was not their day when O'Connor fired over with three minutes remaining.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40