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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 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