Preston and West Brom held one another to their third consecutive Championship draw as they battled out a 1-1 stalemate at Deepdale.
Valerien Ismael’s guests created the higher probabilities as they bid to stay within the early operating for promotion – however the guests scrapped out an vital level for under-pressure boss Frankie McAvoy.
A degree apiece means West Brom keep within the play-off spots in a single day – edging as much as third within the desk – with the hosts maintaining themselves out of the drop zone with a transfer as much as seventeenth.
Neither crew created a lot in a timid opening at each ends of the pitch as Adam Attain lashed a long-range strike effectively excessive for West Brom earlier than Patrick Bauer flicked a header broad from a deep nook.
The Baggies did look set to extend the tempo earlier than the break, nevertheless, because the busy Grady Diangana pressured a diving cease from Daniel Iversen earlier than Preston pounced to edge themselves in entrance on 27 minutes.
Daniel Johnson’s agency deal with in midfield bounced kindly for Emil Riis and when his flick freed Ben Whiteman on the sting of the field, the previous Sheffield United man’s deflected strike flew straight previous England worldwide Sam Johnstone.
However regardless of that setback the guests confirmed their promotion-chasing class simply earlier than the break, as Scotland star Matty Phillips produced a deserved equaliser.
Darnell Furlong’s lengthy throw-in precipitated main panic contained in the Preston field and Phillips stooped down – amid the penalty space pinball – to bravely nod previous Iversen in added time.
The guests pushed exhausting to construct on that instantly after the restart, as Phillips stepped away from two tackles to curve an effort over and Diangana pressured Iversen to claw out his cross-shot simply earlier than the hour mark.
Each managers did look to try to pressure the problem within the closing levels with attacking modifications, with Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson changing Diangana and Phillips and the match once more Connor Wickham approaching for Sean Maguire.
West Brom continued to boss possession within the last 20 minutes however it was McAvoy’s Preston who carved out the strongest probability to grab all three factors late on.
Some unfastened possession from the Baggies was seized upon by Preston on the break however Ryan Ledson’s pushed effort was acrobatically saved out by Johnstone.
That miss was nearly punished by Ismael’s guests within the ninetieth minute however when Grant slipped in Jordan Hugill contained in the field, Iversen was fast off his line to make a courageous block and deny the Norwich loanee a late objective in opposition to his former membership.