Preston are seven points off the top two after drawing with Sheffield United to end the Blades' 10 game-winning run.

Blades keeper Mark Howard made an early save from Craig Davies while Joe Garner headed wide for Preston.

Paul Gallagher forced a fine low save from Howard moments before a Michael Doyle handball in the box.

Preston's Josh Brownhill hit the post while Garner's front-post volley bounced just wide while North End had another penalty appeal waved away.

The result leaves Preston in fourth in League One, while Sheffield United are 10th and 10 points away from the play-off places.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 32 Wiseman
  • 16 Buchanan Booked
  • 37 Kilkenny
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 07 Humphrey (Holmes - 78' )
  • 30 Brownhill (Davies - 85' )
  • 14 Garner
  • 17 Davies (Beavon - 78' )
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 19 Welsh
  • 22 King

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 28 Freeman
  • 03 Harris (Hill - 42' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn
  • 17 Coady
  • 11 Baxter (Porter - 75' )
  • 21 Scougall
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 06 Hill (Davies - 45' )
  • 09 Porter
  • 12 Miller
  • 14 McGinn
  • 18 Paynter
  • 22 Davies
  • 25 Long
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 8,892

Match Stats

Shots

20 8

On target

5 1

Corners

7 4

Fouls

15 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 0, Sheffield United 0.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Sheffield United 0.

90:00 +0:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:58

Delay in match Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

89:36 Booking

Booking David Buchanan (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:29

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

89:29

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:26

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

88:26

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:57

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

86:31

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

85:48

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

85:48

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Josh Brownhill.

84:08

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

84:08

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:51

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bailey Wright with a headed pass.

83:28

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

80:35

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

79:50

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

77:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Stuart Beavon replaces Craig Davies.

77:24 Substitution

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

74:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Jose Baxter.

73:20

Offside, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

69:57

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

69:57

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:03

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

66:35

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Buchanan.

65:45

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Neil Kilkenny.

65:09

Offside, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

63:54

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Buchanan.

62:32

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Garner.

62:02 Booking

Booking Joe Garner (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

61:17

Hand ball by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

60:42

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:42

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

59:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:00

Delay in match Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

57:37

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Humphrey with a cross.

55:03

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by David Buchanan with a cross.

54:24

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

50:18

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

50:18

Attempt blocked. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

49:30

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

49:30

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:26

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

45:26

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Matthew Hill because of an injury.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 +1:15

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

45:00 +0:19

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Neill Collins.

44:55

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

42:26

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

42:06

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Neill Collins.

41:25

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

41:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Matthew Hill replaces Robert Harris because of an injury.

41:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:45

Delay in match Robert Harris (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

39:00

Attempt blocked. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:25

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neil Kilkenny.

35:44

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

34:19

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

34:19

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

33:29

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

33:29

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:24

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

33:20

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

33:15

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

32:42

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Conor Coady.

32:39

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wiseman.

31:06

Offside, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn tries a through ball, but Conor Coady is caught offside.

31:05

Attempt blocked. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

29:41

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

29:41

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:40

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Kilkenny.

25:09

Attempt blocked. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:20

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

24:20

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

19:45

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:45

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

19:05

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Humphrey with a cross.

17:02

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:02

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

16:28

Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Doyle.

13:51

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:51

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

13:18

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

12:27

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

12:27

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

8:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

7:42

Delay in match Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

4:30

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:30

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

3:16

Attempt missed. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

2:19

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:19

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

0:15

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:14

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Garner with a headed pass.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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