Date: 17th March 2014 at 9:50pm
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Sheffield United saw their ten game winning run end at Preston North End but they stretched their run of clean sheets to eight in a row in the league, with a resolute display in the 0-0 draw at Preston North End.

United spent much of the game on the back foot but some desperate last ditch defending and a number of crucial blocks as the players threw their bodies on the line meant there was no way through for the Preston attack.

Preston were almost ahead inside twenty seconds when Mark Howard failed to hold onto a Neil Kilkenny shot but the keeper did well to thwart Joe Garner from the rebound.

Garner twice missed great chances to give Preston the lead in either half. His header in the first half went just wide of a post before a similar result with a shot in the second half.

Both sides had goals ruled out for offside. Conor Coady had the ball in the net for United in the first half whilst Paul Gallagher had his effort ruled out in the second half.

Josh Brownhill came closest to breaking the deadlock for the home side when his effort rebounded off a post.

Despite being under pressure for much of the game, United had a great chance to claim the three points in the closing minutes but Chris Porter couldn`t keep his header down.

The goalless draw for United made it eight clean sheets in the league in a row, a new club record.

Teams

Preston North End
Rudd, Clarke, Wright, Humphrey (Holmes 78), Gallagher, Garner, C. Davies (Beavon 78), Wiseman, Brownhill (K. Davies 85), Buchanan, Kilkenny

Subs not used
Stuckmann, Keane,Welsh, King

Sheffield United
Howard, Harris (Hill 41, Davies 46), Maguire, Collins, Coady, Doyle, Baxter (Porter 74), Scougall, Murphy, Flynn, Freeman

Subs not used
Long, McGinn, Porter, Miller, Paynter

 

One Reply to “Winning run ends but clean sheet record broken”

  • I would have taken a point before kick off, so happy with the result. Great blades following, lots of singing. United played the hit on the break game that has been so successful away from home, and despite PNE hitting a succession of long balls and creating the better chances, the back four dealt with everything fairly comfortably. Collo and Harry are the best central pairing in this division, and Harris continues to improve before getting injured. I’m really impressed with Davies, he was the third left back after two injuries, and slotted in well. Great dead ball delivery, lets hope NC can get him on a permanent deal. Harry was brought down for a certain penalty not given, but Doyle handled, so it evened itself out. Porter should have snatched it at the end, but it would have been a real mugging if we had stolen the points. Howard made several key saves and was tested continually with the stream of long balls and crosses, all of which he dealt with comfortably. He is my MOTM.

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