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Preston and Rotherham shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Deepdale.


Aug-16 21:36 first published at 21:36 PM

Preston and Rotherham both kept their unbeaten Championship records intact by drawing 0-0 in a hard-fought Roses clash. North End had by far the better of the game and looked defensively solid again, having not conceded in their first four league games.
Meanwhile, Rotherham avoided defeat for the third time in a row by repelling everything Preston threw at them.
Ryan Lowe’s hosts should have scored within five minutes.
How the teams were organized | Match statistics Purchase Sky Sports. Troy Parrott broke into the Rotherham box and played a perfectly weighted pass to Daniel Johnson, who side-footed wide from 10 yards.
As North End began purposefully, Parrott, on loan from Tottenham, went close a minute later.
The Millers were having no luck against North End’s tenacious defense, while goalkeeper Freddie Woodman looked like a safe pair of hands, routinely grabbing a couple of crosses.
Preston were dominant, and Parrott’s crisp low shot was superbly blocked by Millers defender Cameron Humphreys.
Rotherham came dangerously close to scoring on the half-hour mark.
Conor Washington latched onto Dan Barlaser’s superb through ball, only to see his low effort squirm inches the wrong side of the post.
The Millers had keeper Viktor Johansson to thank as halftime approached for keeping Preston out once more.
Alan Browne played Parrott in this time, but Johansson saved superbly from point-blank range.
At the end of an entertaining first half, Woodman saved a clever near-post effort from Washington.
Preston almost scored again early in the second half, with Liam Lindsay charging into the box and heading Robbie Brady’s corner kick inches over the bar.
Deepdale remained goalless at the hour mark, though Browne came close for the hosts when his powerful drive on the turn was well gathered by Johansson.
North End looked the most likely again, but Ben Whiteman cut a frustrated figure after blazing a 20-yard strike over the top in the 64th minute.
Preston were then denied by the woodwork when sought-after striker Emil Riis, who had come on as a substitute, crashed a shot against a post from the tightest of angles.
As the Millers’ backs were now firmly against the wall, Brad Potts thumped a cracking drive against the crossbar.
Rotherham had a brief reprieve when skipper Ben Wiles fired a side-footed shot wide, but they had been second best for the majority of the 90 minutes.

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