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2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship

Preston North End 0-0 Millwall

High-flying Preston were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Millwall at Deepdale in a game of few clear-cut chances.
The draw extends Preston's unbeaten run to six Sky Bet Championship games and they were the side who came closest to breaking the deadlock, with opportunities wasted either side of half-time.
Millwall, seeking their first away win at this level in 12 attempts dating back to February 2015, had the first chance after 13 minutes as George Saville's shot was parried by Chris Maxwell before Steve Morison blazed over from 12 yards.
Preston have lots of pace to allow them to threaten on the counter-attack and showed that three minutes later as Tom Barkhuizen cut into the area from the right and his low shot was tipped wide of the far post by Jordan Archer.
The first half was punctuated by a number of fouls from both sides which broke up any pattern of the game.
Preston threatened with a couple of set-pieces after 25 minutes, the second of which broke to Daniel Johnson 15 yards out, though he skied his volley high into the Millwall fans.
On the stroke of half-time, Johnson slipped a pass through for Sean Maguire inside the area but he sliced the ball into the side-netting from eight yards.
The best move of the match came from the hosts after 53 minutes when Johnson slid Barkhuizen in behind and his low cross found Josh Harrop with an open goal, but the forward could not get enough contact as he lunged at the ball from three yards out.
Preston were the side threatening though and they had another opportunity a minute later as the ball dropped to full-back Darnell Fisher 20 yards out, but he hit the effort well over the bar.
Archer was forced into one of the few saves in the match after 66 minutes when Barkhuizen crossed from the left and Maguire got a glancing header on target but it was straight at the Millwall keeper from 12 yards.
Millwall had not looked like breaching the Championship's tightest defence, but they had an opportunity to do so on 75 minutes. Ben Davies gifted possession away and Jed Wallace was able to chip the ball through to Saville, who could only poke over the bar from eight yards.
Preston pushed for the win late on, but Millwall held firm and are now unbeaten in three Championship games.
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English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 +30 62
2 Derby County 27 +21 52
3 Cardiff City 27 +15 50
4 Aston Villa 27 +15 47
5 Bristol City 27 +8 47
6 Sheffield United 27 +9 43
7 Leeds United 27 +8 43
8 Fulham 27 +6 42
9 Middlesbrough 27 +8 41
10 Preston North End 27 +4 41
11 Brentford 27 +6 40
12 Ipswich Town 27 +1 39
13 Norwich City 27 -4 37
14 Queens Park Rangers 27 -6 33
15 Nottingham Forest 27 -10 32
16 Millwall 27 -1 31
17 Sheffield Wednesday 27 -4 31
18 Reading 27 -5 29
19 Barnsley 27 -10 27
20 Hull City 27 -5 25
21 Bolton Wanderers 27 -20 25
22 Burton Albion 27 -25 24
23 Birmingham City 27 -23 23
24 Sunderland 27 -18 22

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