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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 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30