Sheffield United go into the play-offs having taken just seven points from a possible 24 after their goalless draw at home to mid-table Preston.

The Blades had a penalty appeal turned down early on when Joe Ironside went down in the the box.

Chris Porter had the ball in the North End net in the 62nd minute but it was ruled out for handball

Preston's Lee Holmes came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the bar with a free-kick soon after.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United caretaker manager Chris Morgan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Going into to game we wanted to win, but it was not to be.

"It was one of those games where it was down to us to create the atmosphere and tempo.

"Late on we had two or three half chances, but a clean sheet is going to be important.

"Looking forward, we've got potentially three massive games coming up and I think the clean sheets will be important."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 02 Westlake
  • 05 Maguire
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins Booked
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald Booked (Whitehouse - 75' )
  • 14 Kitson (Porter - 60' Booked )
  • 23 Murphy
  • 24 Ironside
  • 26 McFadzean (Robson - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 33 Barry
  • 19 Robson
  • 21 Chapell
  • 27 Whitehouse
  • 09 Porter
  • 16 Forte

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 04 Huntington
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 26 Wright (Foster - 46' )
  • 02 Keane (Procter - 79' )
  • 08 Wroe
  • 11 Holmes
  • 19 Welsh
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 22 King
  • 24 Hayhurst (Monakana - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 27 Foster
  • 13 Byrom
  • 17 Monakana
  • 18 Procter
  • 09 Cummins
  • 14 Garner
Ref: Rushton
Att: 19,888

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

10 3

Corners

5 4

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:47 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:05

Harry Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Foster. Declan Rudd takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +2:40

Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line, save by Declan Rudd.

90:00 +1:57

Elliott Whitehouse takes a shot. Luke Foster gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson played to the near post, Andy Procter manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:19

Barry Robson produces a cross.

90:00 +0:44

Unfair challenge on Harry Maguire by Jack King results in a free kick. George Long takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:01

Joe Ironside fouled by Luke Foster, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Robson from right wing, Andy Procter makes a clearance.

88:53

David Buchanan sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jack King misses to the right of the target.

86:45

Jamie Murphy crosses the ball, Chris Porter takes a shot. Paul Huntington gets a block in. The ball is crossed by Jamie Murphy. Joe Ironside fouled by Jeffrey Monakana, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, Neill Collins takes a shot. Save by Declan Rudd.

85:34

Jack King is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Neill Collins.

84:52

Effort from outside the penalty area by John Welsh goes wide left of the goal.

83:19

Nicky Wroe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliott Whitehouse. Barry Robson takes the free kick.

82:39

John Mousinho takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

81:38

Michael Doyle takes a shot. Fantastic save by Declan Rudd.

80:54

Barry Robson takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Foster.

79:56

Centre by Barry Robson, John Mousinho manages to make a clearance.

78:27 Substitution

Substitution Andy Procter is brought on as a substitute for Keith Keane.

77:22

Joe Ironside takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Huntington.

75:52

Effort on goal by Jack King from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Whitehouse is brought on as a substitute for Kevin McDonald.

74:24

The ball is sent over by Matthew Hill, Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Luke Foster gets a block in.

74:12

Barry Robson sends in a cross.

73:18 Booking

Booking Kevin McDonald is booked.

72:52

Shot by Jeffrey Monakana from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

72:23

A cross is delivered by Lee Holmes.

70:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ironside by David Buchanan. Barry Robson crosses the ball in from the free kick, John Welsh manages to make a clearance.

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Barry Robson replaces Callum McFadzean.

65:30

Foul by Darryl Westlake on John Welsh, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Lee Holmes from the free kick,

65:13

Lee Holmes takes a shot. Neill Collins gets a block in.

63:51 Substitution

Substitution William Hayhurst goes off and Jeffrey Monakana comes on.

63:51

Jack King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. George Long takes the free kick.

63:22

John Welsh takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin McDonald.

63:07

Keith Keane delivers the ball, blocked by Callum McFadzean.

61:56

Unfair challenge on Harry Maguire by Jack King results in a free kick. Harry Maguire takes the indirect free kick.

61:44 Booking

Booking Chris Porter goes into the referee's book.

61:29

Chris Porter is penalised for a handball. Declan Rudd takes the indirect free kick.

60:49

Jamie Murphy produces a cross, Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

59:23 Substitution

Substitution Chris Porter comes on in place of Dave Kitson.

57:55

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Holmes. Free kick taken by George Long.

56:09

John Mousinho has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

55:54

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Wroe played to the near post, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

55:24

A cross is delivered by Lee Holmes, Jack King takes a shot. George Long makes a save.

54:41

Foul by Kevin McDonald on Lee Holmes, free kick awarded. William Hayhurst takes the free kick.

54:17

Joe Ironside concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Foster. David Buchanan takes the free kick.

53:53

Effort on goal by John Welsh from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

53:18

The ball is delivered by Keith Keane, clearance made by Harry Maguire.

52:53

Lee Holmes delivers the ball, blocked by Matthew Hill.

52:12

Joe Ironside is ruled offside. Keith Keane restarts play with the free kick.

51:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack King. George Long takes the indirect free kick.

51:16

William Hayhurst takes a shot. Blocked by Neill Collins.

50:16

John Mousinho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald. Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

48:42

Darryl Westlake delivers the ball, Joe Ironside produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

48:07

John Welsh produces a cross, Matthew Hill gets a block in.

47:21

Callum McFadzean takes a shot. Save made by Declan Rudd.

46:37

The ball is sent over by David Buchanan.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Luke Foster coming on for Bailey Wright.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Callum McFadzean leaves the field to be replaced by Elliott Whitehouse.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:16

Foul by Dave Kitson on John Mousinho, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Wroe.

44:52

Bailey Wright challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Darryl Westlake, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dave Kitson misses to the right of the target.

43:08

William Hayhurst concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Hill. Strike comes in from Harry Maguire from the free kick.

40:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by William Hayhurst on Dave Kitson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Darryl Westlake from left channel, save made by Declan Rudd.

40:29

Kevin McDonald sends in a cross, clearance made by Bailey Wright.

36:34

Dave Kitson sends in a cross, blocked by Paul Huntington. Darryl Westlake takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Keith Keane.

34:49

The ball is crossed by David Buchanan, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by John Welsh, Neill Collins makes a clearance.

34:04

The ball is crossed by Nicky Wroe, clearance made by Matthew Hill.

29:19

Corner taken right-footed by Darryl Westlake from the left by-line, Kevin McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Declan Rudd. Declan Rudd takes the indirect free kick.

27:29

The official flags Joe Ironside offside. Declan Rudd takes the indirect free kick.

26:13

The ball is delivered by Callum McFadzean.

25:13

Darryl Westlake takes a outswinging corner.

24:38

David Buchanan challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Harry Maguire restarts play with the free kick.

23:12

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. David Buchanan gets a block in.

22:40

The ball is sent over by Darryl Westlake, clearance made by Keith Keane.

21:21

Foul by Jamie Murphy on John Welsh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Buchanan.

15:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Holmes by Michael Doyle. John Welsh takes the free kick.

15:30

Foul by Michael Doyle on John Welsh, free kick awarded. David Buchanan restarts play with the free kick.

15:16

Unfair challenge on John Welsh by Joe Ironside results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Welsh.

14:36

Shot by William Hayhurst.

13:19

A cross is delivered by David Buchanan, Michael Doyle makes a clearance.

12:49

Corner taken by John Welsh from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin McDonald manages to make a clearance.

11:53

Jack King fouled by Neill Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by John Welsh from right wing, clearance made by Darryl Westlake.

10:55

A cross is delivered by David Buchanan, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

10:20 Booking

Booking Neill Collins receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

9:57

Unfair challenge on John Welsh by Neill Collins results in a free kick. John Welsh takes the indirect free kick.

9:43

Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save by Declan Rudd.

8:31

Keith Keane fouled by Joe Ironside, the ref awards a free kick. Keith Keane takes the free kick.

7:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bailey Wright on Dave Kitson. Kevin McDonald takes the free kick.

6:28

Lee Holmes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. George Long takes the free kick.

3:34

Darryl Westlake challenges Lee Holmes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Buchanan.

3:19

Lee Holmes concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Doyle. Free kick taken by Kevin McDonald.

2:03

The ball is crossed by Kevin McDonald, free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Paul Huntington. Declan Rudd restarts play with the free kick.

1:01

Callum McFadzean delivers the ball, Joe Ironside takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Huntington.

0:13

Foul by Paul Huntington on Joe Ironside, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers