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Grayson rues stalemate

Simon Grayson says he was disappointed Preston failed to turn their dominance into victory in their 0-0 draw with Sheffield United.

The Blades were put under the cosh for long periods of the League One game - Joe Garner, Josh Brownhill and Paul Gallagher all going close - but they stood firm and although their sequence of 10 straight wins came to an end, they would not be breached in taking their record to 782 minutes without conceding.

North End stretched their own unbeaten run to 12 league games yet, with aspirations to break into the division's automatic promotion berths, they will surely view this as a missed chance. Simon Grayson's men now lie seven points behind second-placed Brentford, who have two games in hand.

"I'm hugely frustrated because we played very well," Grayson admitted.

"We dominated the game against a very strong, resilient Sheffield United, who are on a good run at this moment in time. When you look back on the stats and you've had 61 per cent of the game, 20 attempts on target, I couldn't ask for much more from the players other than the one thing which wins football matches and that's scoring goals. We just didn't quite get the breaks."

Blades boss Nigel Clough bemoaned a penalty his side did not get in the closing stages, when Harry Maguire was wrestled to the turf by Tom Clarke, yet Grayson was incensed referee Geoff Eltringham failed to spot Michael Doyle's first-half handball.

"He'll be aware of the mistake because it's a blatant penalty when you see it on the replays," the North End manager added.

"He's in a good position - he's not blocked by anyone, the referee. He's 10 yards away and it's a massive miss."