Preston North End earned a deserved fourth-round FA Cup replay with a fine defensive display against Championship side Nottingham Forest.

The Reds barely tested Declan Rudd after the North End goalkeeper made an early save from Simon Cox and the visitors had the better of the chances.

Joe Garner twice went close and Forest keeper Karl Darlow made three stops.

But neither side did enough to justify victory in a tame encounter played in teeming rain.

Fifth in the Championship against fourth in League One had promised plenty but the first half delivered very little.

Facing a team on an unbeaten 10-game run and with a home record of four wins from four, a trip to the City Ground looked a daunting prospect for North End.

City Ground setback

Forest had scored 13 goals in their previous four games at the City Ground, including a 5-0 win over Premier League side West Ham and a 4-1 success against Blackburn Rovers.

But with only two defeats in their last 19 games, and having already disposed of Championship opposition in the previous round, the visitors had plenty of reason for optimism.

And despite a promising first few minutes Forest looked anything but a side who had smashed West Ham 5-0 in round three and had scored 13 goals in four games at home, only conceding twice.

They had plenty of possession but little penetration. Cox did have a good early attempt on goal well saved by Rudd and Jamie Mackie shot wide after a good move and fine pull-back by Gonzalo Jara.

In-form winger Jamie Paterson was Forest's main threat and screamed for a penalty after one jinking run saw him beat three men before tumbling in the box.

But the visitors looked disciplined and comfortable and centre-backs Tom Clarke and Bailey Wright were rarely troubled.

Preston did not muster a shot on target before the interval although Garner arguably had the best chance, hooking an effort off target from 12 yards against his former club.

Thankfully the Friday FA Cup fare improved slightly after the break.

Forest, most probably spurred on by a stern half-time team-talk by former Preston manager Billy Davies, began to play with greater purpose and tempo.

Consistent North End

Preston North End have now lost just two games in their last 20. Those defeats came against two of the top three in League One, Brentford and Wolves.

But the promise once again faded and Preston looked just as likely to score. Garner blasted a decent shot over after a swift counter-attack and substitute Lee Holmes had a stinging shot pushed away by Darlow - one of three relatively comfortable late stops.

Paterson's pace and trickery remained the most likely source of a home goal, but they failed to test Rudd, much to the frustration of their increasingly animated boss Davies.

And North End, to the delight of their 2,000-plus noisy travelling supporters, looked the more likely winners in the closing stages and will no doubt fancy their chances in the replay.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 18 Jara
  • 02 Lichaj
  • 24 Vaughan
  • 15 Halford
  • 05 Collins
  • 28 Majewski (Derbyshire - 74' )
  • 11 Reid
  • 31 Cox (Henderson - 60' )
  • 12 Mackie (Abdoun - 60' )
  • 21 Paterson

Substitutes

  • 03 Harding
  • 06 Moussi
  • 09 Henderson
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
  • 39 Abdoun

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 32 Wiseman
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 19 Welsh
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright
  • 30 Brownhill
  • 37 Kilkenny (Hume - 82' )
  • 14 Garner (King - 85' )
  • 07 Humphrey (Holmes - 71' )
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 22 King
  • 27 Hume
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 26,465

Match Stats

Shots

8 16

On target

1 7

Corners

7 1

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +4:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +3:58

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:04

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +3:04

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:27

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

90:00 +1:52

Foul by Iain Hume (Preston North End).

90:00 +1:52

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:05

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:43

Attempt saved. Jack King (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

86:39

Attempt missed. Jack King (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

86:18

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

86:06

Attempt blocked. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

84:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Jack King replaces Joe Garner.

84:42

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

84:42

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:00

Attempt saved. Iain Hume (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:18

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

81:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Neil Kilkenny.

81:33

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

78:00

Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:00

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

75:43

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:43

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Preston North End).

74:10

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

72:44

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:44

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Preston North End).

70:39

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Chris Humphrey.

62:22

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

61:35

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

61:35

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Djamel Abdoun replaces Jamie Mackie.

59:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Simon Cox.

58:40

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:40

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

56:50

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is saved in the top centre of the goal.

54:44

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

52:14

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Neil Kilkenny.

45:53

Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).

45:53

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Preston North End 0.

44:47

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

44:47

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:23

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

43:57

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

39:25

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

37:45

Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).

37:45

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:48

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

31:19

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

31:19

David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:12

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

28:12

(Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:49

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by David Buchanan.

25:08

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:08

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

24:22

Attempt missed. Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

23:54

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

23:18

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:18

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

22:33

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

22:33

Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:34

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:34

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

20:44

Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:44

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

19:15

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

19:15

David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:36

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:36

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

18:17

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

18:17

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:45

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

15:45

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:13

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

14:47

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:27

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

9:21

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

8:47

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

8:47

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:19

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

8:03

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

7:44

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

5:21

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

5:21

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:34

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

1:52

Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).

1:52

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:36

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers