Preston North End 0-0 Queens Park Rangers: Hoops’ winning run ended in Deepdale stalemate

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Preston have picked up just 15 points from 16 matches at Deepdale this season

Queens Park Rangers’ four-match winning run came to an end as they were held to a goalless draw at Preston.

Lyndon Dykes saw a low drive kept out by the legs of home keeper Daniel Iversen, and then lobbed a second chance wide after being played in by Geoff Cameron.

The Lilywhites had their share of chances in an entertaining first half, as Brad Potts fired a first-time effort just wide, while Anthony Gordon headed agonisingly wide.

Charlie Austin flashed a shot wide and then stung the palms of Iversen with a low drive as Rangers extended their unbeaten away run to seven matches.

After back-to-back defeats, Alex Neil’s side produced plenty of encouraging signs by picking up a point against in-form QPR, with the impressive Everton loanee Gordon at the heart of their better moments.

Rangers came into the game buoyed by beating promotion-chasing Watford, Brentford and Bournemouth in a run of six wins in seven matches, but leading scorer Ilias Chair was well shackled by the home defence.

And it was the hosts who carved out the better chances, with Seny Dieng getting down well to save Gordon’s powerful low drive before tipping over a header from the unmarked Sepp van den Berg.

But once again Preston lacked a killer instinct in front of goal as they failed to score for the third-straight game and a seventh time in 10 league matches.

Preston have won just one of their past seven Championship outings and sit 14th, while QPR, who have lost just once in nine matches, are one place above them on goal difference.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

“I thought we definitely lifted the level of performance, so I’m pleased with that.

“We should have landed the first blow, but we didn’t. We got into some great areas, and we looked a real threat at times.

“Over the piece, I think if any team had deserved to go on and win the game, it was us.”

QPR boss Mark Warburton:

“The second-half performance was much better than the first, and I was delighted with the way our wing-backs got forward.

“I think it says a lot that the lads are really disappointed back there at only coming out of this game with a point.

“It’s another clean sheet for us, and that belief is still growing in the camp.”

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Iversen
  • 2van den Berg
  • 14Storey
  • 16Hughes
  • 37Cunningham
  • 8Browne
  • 17Whiteman
  • 31Sinclair
  • 44PottsSubstituted forJohnsonat 87′minutes
  • 42GordonSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 80′minutes
  • 26EvansSubstituted forRiis Jakobsenat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bayliss
  • 11Johnson
  • 15Rafferty
  • 19Riis Jakobsen
  • 21Molumby
  • 23Huntington
  • 25Ripley
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 38Rodwell-Grant

QPR

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Dieng
  • 4DickieBooked at 72mins
  • 20Cameron
  • 6Barbet
  • 2Kane
  • 12Ball
  • 14JohansenBooked at 70minsSubstituted forFieldat 78′minutes
  • 3Wallace
  • 10Chair
  • 45AustinSubstituted forBonneat 78′minutes
  • 9DykesSubstituted forWillockat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 7Bonne
  • 15Field
  • 21Willock
  • 24Kakay
  • 25Hämäläinen
  • 29Kelman
  • 37Adomah

Referee:
Darren England

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Preston North End 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

  5. Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Seny Timothy Dieng tries a through ball, but Chris Willock is caught offside.

  6. Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Brad Potts.

  7. Substitution, Preston North End. Emil Riis Jakobsen replaces Ched Evans.

  8. Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

  9. Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  10. Substitution, Preston North End. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Anthony Gordon.

  11. Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Field.

  12. Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Sam Field replaces Stefan Johansen.

  13. Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Macauley Bonne replaces Charlie Austin.

  14. Attempt missed. Ched Evans (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Gordon with a cross following a corner.

  15. Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

  16. Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

  17. Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Willock.

  18. Robert Dickie (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Foul by Robert Dickie (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Anthony Gordon (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.