Bradford debutant Kyle Bennett and Preston's Neil Kilkenny were both sent off after a first-half altercation in a goalless draw at Valley Parade.

The incident came after 25 minutes as the pair clashed on the halfway line.

The visitors went close when Joe Garner just missed connecting with Scott Laird's cross and Paul Gallagher chested the ball against the post.

Declan Rudd blocked a shot from Bradford's Aaron McLean, while Josh Brownhill hit the post for Preston.

The result leaves North End in the play-off places but they are now 11 points off second-placed Leyton Orient.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was an entertaining 0-0. It wasn't helped by the referee's decision early on to send the two players off.

"There was nothing in it from both players. They've pushed each other in the chest area. You've got to use common sense sometimes and both teams are very disappointed with the decisions.

"That made it a more open game. I think we had the better chances and we could have nicked it."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 02 Darby
  • 22 Bates
  • 18 Jones Booked
  • 05 Davies
  • 23 McArdle
  • 32 Bennett Dismissed
  • 24 Doyle (Ravenhill - 81' )
  • 21 McLean (McBurnie - 72' )
  • 09 Hanson
  • 28 Reach

Substitutes

  • 04 Ravenhill
  • 10 Gray
  • 11 Thompson
  • 12 Jameson
  • 16 McHugh
  • 27 McBurnie
  • 29 Atkinson

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 32 Wiseman (Humphrey - 73' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 05 Clarke
  • 22 King
  • 37 Kilkenny Dismissed
  • 19 Welsh Booked
  • 14 Garner
  • 12 Gallagher
  • 30 Brownhill (Keane - 93' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 27 Hume
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 13,686

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

3 5

Corners

9 2

Fouls

7 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bradford City 0, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +4:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bradford City 0, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +3:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Keith Keane replaces Josh Brownhill.

86:53

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

86:22

Oliver McBurnie (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:22

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

84:58 Booking

Booking John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

84:48

Adam Reach (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:48

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

80:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Richard Ravenhill replaces Nathan Doyle.

79:12

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

78:38 Booking

Booking Gary Jones (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

78:32

Foul by Gary Jones (Bradford City).

78:32

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

77:34

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

76:09

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

74:00

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

72:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Scott Wiseman.

71:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Aaron McLean.

66:03

Attempt blocked. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:28 Booking

Booking Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

65:18

James Hanson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:18

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

64:48

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

64:30

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

61:34

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

61:34

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

57:56

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

57:35

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

56:46

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

56:46

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:29

Foul by Aaron McLean (Bradford City).

52:29

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

51:35

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

51:06

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

50:29

Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:12

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

48:30

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

47:45

Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:45

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

46:39

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

45:46

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

45:00

Second Half begins Bradford City 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +1:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bradford City 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +1:26

Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:42

Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

43:00

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

42:58

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

42:08

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by John Welsh.

39:02

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

38:12

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by John Welsh.

37:12

Attempt blocked. Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:42

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

36:27

Attempt blocked. Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

28:56

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

26:45

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

24:58 Dismissal

Dismissal Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the red card for fighting.

24:42 Dismissal

Dismissal Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) is shown the red card for fighting.

24:32

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bradford City).

24:32

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

19:41

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

18:53

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

18:53

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

13:37

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

9:29

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

8:51

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

8:00

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

8:00

Aaron McLean (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:44

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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