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Barnsley 0-0 Preston North End

Barnsley v Preston
Preston have now drawn three of their past four Championship games

Barnsley and Preston remained in the Championship play-off picture despite a goalless stalemate at Oakwell.

Barnsley's Ryan Kent almost caught keeper Chris Maxwell out at the near post with an inswinging corner.

Striker Jordan Hugill pulled Preston's best first-half effort just wide from a tight angle from Paul Gallagher's pass.

Tom Bradshaw had an effort blocked on the line for Barnsley and Adam Davies clawed away Hugill's header in added time to deny Preston a winner.

Barnsley dropped a place to ninth, but only four points behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth, while Simon Grayson's Preston also slipped one to 11th, three points further back.

The home side gave a debut to loan signing Callum Elder at left-back, with Alex Mowatt suspended after being sent off against Wolves, while Preston recalled 6ft 6in Simon Makienok to spearhead their attack.

An early header apart, Makienok was well marshalled by Marc Roberts and Angus MacDonald, and was eventually replaced by Jermaine Beckford.

Bradshaw was denied by a defender on the line after sliding in to meet Kent's cross, but Davies pushing away Hugill's header as it flew towards the top corner was as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock thereafter in a game of few clear-cut opportunities.

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom: "I was pleased with how we coped with their threats but I didn't feel that we did enough to win the game.

"There were not enough crosses into the box, not enough efforts on goal.

"I said at half-time I was conscious that I didn't want Preston to grind us down, because the team they picked and the message from Simon (Grayson) at the start of the game was that he wanted a tougher, more aggressive performance.

"I don't even speak about the top six. It is about winning the next game, so it has not even entered my head.

Preston boss Simon Grayson: "There are plenty of games still to go and there will be so many twists and turns from now until the end of the season.

"We have aspirations to try and get there (the play-offs), but obviously we will need to turn these draws into wins if we are going to make up the ground on teams that are up there already.

"Neither team really had that cutting edge to go and break down two resilient defensive performances today.

"These games just hinge on a little bit of magic from somebody, and from our point of view we never really had that little bit of quality.

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 29Jones
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 38Elder
  • 15Watkins
  • 36James
  • 6ScowenBooked at 58mins
  • 40KentSubstituted forHedgesat 83'minutes
  • 32Armstrong
  • 20BradshawSubstituted forHammillat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammill
  • 10Moncur
  • 11Lee
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Evans
  • 18Jackson
  • 34Hedges

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 6Browning
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 90mins
  • 14McGeadyBooked at 64mins
  • 8BrowneBooked at 88mins
  • 4PearsonBooked at 79mins
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forRobinsonat 66'minutes
  • 25Hugill
  • 9MakienokSubstituted forBeckfordat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 2Vermijl
  • 7Horgan
  • 10Beckford
  • 11Johnson
  • 21May
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
12,590

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 0, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Preston North End 0.

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Davies.

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Barnsley).

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

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Hugill.

Booking

Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Barnsley).

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Matthew James (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Preston North End).

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Preston North End. Tyias Browning tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Ryan Kent.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Barnsley).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Elder (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Clarke (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Simon Makienok.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Matthew James (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Makienok (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle29202757233462
2Brighton28186444212360
3Reading3017584439556
4Leeds29173941281354
5Huddersfield2816483531452
6Sheff Wed2914783428649
7Norwich29144114840846
8Derby2913793022846
9Barnsley30136114844445
10Fulham291110846331343
11Preston30119103837142
12Birmingham301010103239-740
13Brentford28106123735236
14Aston Villa2981292932-336
15Nottm Forest30106144248-636
16Ipswich3099123139-836
17Cardiff30106143444-1036
18Wolves2998123840-235
19QPR3097142942-1334
20Bristol City2994163841-331
21Burton3087153041-1131
22Blackburn2977153446-1228
23Wigan2867152433-925
24Rotherham3044222764-3716
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