Match report: QPR 0 PNE 0

QPR v PNE
QPR v PNE
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Preston North End equalled a club record as they held Queens Park Rangers to a goalless draw at Loftus Road.

It was their sixth clean sheet in a row in the league, matching a sequence achieved in 1901, 1972 and 2000.

North End defended resolutely and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was rarely stretched between the posts.

As the contest went on, the visitors had the better of the chances to snatch a victory.

Bailey Wright saw an 83rd minute header saved on the line by former England keeper Rob Green, while a late volley from Alan Browne was blocked.

North End go into the latest international break unbeaten in six games and look to be finding their feet in the Championship, especially from a defensive point of view.

Lilywhites manager Simon Grayson had been forced into one change, Greg Cunningham missing out through injury and his place in the back three going to Paul Huntington.

There were a couple of changes to the bench, with Josh Brownhill and Ben Davies named among the substitutes.

Neil Warnock was taking charge of his first game as QPR interim manager, having replaced the sacked Chris Ramsey on Wednesday night.

He made three changes to the Londoners' side, bringing in Leroy Fer, Junior Hoilett and Sandro.

An early sight of goal for the home side saw Nedum Onuoha get the end of a free-kick from Alejandro Faurlin, but the centre-half put his header well wide.

North End started in a 3-5-2 formation but changed to a 4-2-3-1 system after 15 minutes, that to try and get tighter to QPR wingers Matt Phillips and Hoilett.

Calum Woods moved across to the left-back position with Marnick Vermijl at right-back, Wright and Huntington in the middle.

A neat piece of footwork from Sandro saw him turn Daniel Johnson 25 yards out, his shot travelling over the bar without troubling Jordan Pickford.

Charlie Austin then pulled a shot wide of Pickford's near post from the edge of the box after some good approach play from the home side.

PNE had steadily been getting themselves into the contest as an attacking threat, Eoin Doyle often pulling wide to the right-wing to offer some width down that side of the pitch.

In the 38th minute, Paul Gallagher's free-kick from the inside-right channel found Huntington in the box, the defender's header lacking power and going straight at keeper Rob Green who plucked it out of the air above his head.

The visitors' best chance of the first period came four minutes before the interval, Gallagher dropping a searching ball over the top of the QPR defence which Garner met on the volley but fired over the bar.

In first-half stoppage-time, Faurlin free-kick stayed low and beat the wall but was comfortably gathered by Pickford.

Four minutes into the second half, a cross from Phillips bounced across the Preston box, evading the outstretched leg of Austin in the middle.

Just beyond the hour mark, Garner contested a high ball into the box, the ball falling to Adam Reach whose first-time shot with the outside of his boot flew wide of the target.

North End made their first change of the afternoon in the 75th minute, Will Keane replacing Doyle.

Keane came close to making an immediate impact, getting possession down the side of the box and working his way along the byline before a challenge on him too the ball out for a corner.

With seven minutes left, Gallagher whipped in a corner from the left Wright's flick at the front post superbly blocked on the line by keeper Green with the ball then scrambled clear out of the box.

Then in the 90th minute, Browne's full-blooded volley looked to be goalbound before it struck a QPR head in the box and bounced to safety.

QPR: Green, Henry, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Phillips, Sandro (Emmanuel-Thomas 63), Faurlin, Fer, Hoilett (Chery 73), Austin. Subs not used: Luongo, Angella, Tozser, Polter.

PNE: Pickford, Woods, Huntington, Wright, Vermijl, Johnson (Kilkenny 90), Gallagher, Browne, Reach, Doyle (Keane 75), Garner (Hugill 88). Subs not used: Davies, May, Brownhill, Kirkland.

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire)

Attendance: 15,190 (1,024 PNE)