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Deepdale (ATT 8,892) 17th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Preston Preston North End vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

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League One: Preston and Sheff Utd played out a goalless draw

Last Updated: 18/03/14 10:28am

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Paul Gallagher: Watched by Stefan Scougall

Paul Gallagher: Watched by Stefan Scougall

Promotion-hopefuls Preston ended Sheffield United's 10-match winning run on Monday night after a 0-0 draw at Deepdale in League One.

Preston, themselves unbeaten in 11 league games, were the better of the two sides and should have picked up all three points to keep alive their automatic promotion prospects, but they could not convert any of the numerous chances they created on a frustrating evening.

The hosts almost opened the scoring with less than a minute on the clock after Mark Howard spilled Craig Davies' shot only to grab the ball at the second attempt at the feet of the lively Joe Garner.

The hosts continued to look the most likely to break the first-half deadlock and it was Garner again who almost opened the scoring on 20 minutes from Chris Humphrey's delightful cross. Humphrey whipped over a ball from the right, but Garner's downward header flew inches wide of the far post.

Bob Harris then had to be quick to block Garner's shot in the box after an incisive pass from Neil Kilkenny found the striker in a yard of space.

Conor Coady had the ball in the net for the Blades on the half-hour mark, but the goal was chalked off with the on-loan Liverpool midfielder a yard offside.

But Preston were soon on the front foot again with Garner, Bailey Wright and Paul Gallagher all denied after the Blades failed to clear a corner from the left. Wright's powerful shot was blocked by the hand of Michael Doyle in the box, but the referee waved away the hosts' penalty protests.

The visitors started the second half on top, but it was Preston who almost opened the scoring through Josh Brownhill. The youngster collected Craig Davies' knockdown only to see his effort rebound back off the upright.

And just minutes later Garner was again inches away from beating Howard. The striker got across the front of his marker to connect with a Humphrey cross, but this time his effort just evaded the far post with Howard well beaten.

Preston continued to press and Gallagher's header was held by Howard, but they could not break through a well-drilled United defence, who collected their eighth consecutive clean sheet.

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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