PNE keep it clean again

Bailey Wright heads clear for PNE in their draw at QPR

Bailey Wright heads clear for PNE in their draw at QPR

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Simon Grayson gave his Preston North End side a pat on the back for a disciplined display in their goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers.

A sixth league game without conceding matched a club record and sent the Lilywhites into the international break in good spirits.

QPR, boasting the forward talent of Charlie Austin, Matt Phillips and Junior Hoilett, were restricted to only one shot on target in the Loftus Road clash.

North End could have won it near the end, Bailey Wright seeing a header blocked on the line.

PNE manager Grayson: "We knew it was going to be a tough game, one of the toughest we have had in the last few weeks in terms of the personnel QPR have and Neil Warnock being in the dug out for the first time.

"We knew they would have the energy about them and positivity about the place.

"For the first 10 minutes or so we dealt with it but were a little bit uncomfortable in allowing them too much possession.

"We decided to go with the 4-3-3 to stop their full-backs from getting out - Paul Konchesky was causing us problems down their left.

"After that we stuck to our game really well, we were disciplined without the ball, we made it hard for them and as the game wore on, we grew into it.

"In the last 10 minutes we looked like the only side who were going to win it.

"We limited QPR to long-range shots, every one of our lads stuck to their task we asked them to do - you have to do that at places like QPR.

"A huge amount of credit goes to everyone who was involved.

"We had some half-decent opportunities when we got forward.

"We couldn't go too open against a team which has players like Charlie Austin, Junior Hoilett and some of the others they have got.

"It was a very professional performance and very satisfactory for the players who have dug deep and worked extremely hard."

North End were without Greg Cunningham, the defender having suffered a thigh strain in the midweek win over Nottingham Forest.

His place at the back went to Paul Huntington.