Preston halted a run of three straight defeats with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at dwelling to managerless Millwall.
Now with out the departed Gary Rowett, the Lions turned in a strong show because the hosts struggled to discover a method by way of their resolute defence.
An at-times feisty encounter produced an eye catching opening half-an-hour, however after that it by no means actually scaled the heights at any level.
Preston’s Duane Holmes had already gone shut earlier than Adam Barrett’s second stint in caretaker cost of the Lions received off to a nightmare begin.
In solely the third minute a wise North Finish transfer culminated with Will Keane flicking the ball to Mads Frokjaer-Jensen, and the proficient Dane coolly slotted previous Bartosz Bialkowski from 12 yards.
Ryan Lowe’s hosts had flown out of the blocks, however Millwall have been then thwarted by the woodwork within the eighth minute.
Aidomo Emakhu darted down the best earlier than seeing a deflected strike brilliantly palmed onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
An actual ding-dong battle continued with North Finish going shut once more when Holmes ran energetically by way of the center earlier than his rasping shot was crushed away by Bialkowski.
On the different finish, Emakhu charged in direction of the center of the North Finish defence earlier than seeing Woodman calmly maintain on to his 20-yard drive.
A cracking strike evened the scores on the half-hour mark as Allan Campbell performed a neat contact to Zian Flemming, with the Dutchman then curling dwelling sweetly into the highest nook from the sting of the field.
Millwall created the primary opening of the second interval, with tidy method play establishing Campbell contained in the field, however he fired disappointingly straight at Woodman.
Because the Lions continued to press, Flemming dived in spectacularly however couldn’t fairly stretch sufficient to satisfy Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s tremendous cross.
Lastly the hosts discovered themselves some ahead rhythm, just for the Lions’ rear-guard to repeatedly stand robust.
Because the 70-minute mark handed there was treasured little goalmouth incident, although North Finish threatened when Brad Potts’ volleyed cross deflected off Millwall’s Joe Bryan earlier than being saved by an alert Bialkowski.
Ched Evans – on in its place after lacking seven months out injured – additionally went shut with a flicked header.
Millwall replied with Flemming firing a somewhat disappointing free-kick method off track with the ultimate motion of the sport, one thing that summed up what had been a massively below-par effort from each groups within the second 45 minutes.
Preston’s Ryan Lowe:
Millwall caretaker Adam Barrett: