Hull City played a goalless draw against Preston North End in their first away game of the season.
Goalkeeper Matt Ingram was in excellent form as he made a number of good saves to save the Tigers’ unbeaten start.
Benjamin Tetteh made his full City debut when Shota Arveladze made a change from the opening day win over Bristol City and Tyler Smith was absent from the matchday squad.
The Tigers clinched a 4-1 win at Deepdale on the opening day of last season in our first game back in the Championship after winning the League One title.
City fell within 10 minutes of the day and had to absorb early pressure from Preston here when Ingram staved off Emil Riis’ crisp first drive from Troy Parrott’s knockdown.
Part of our 2012/13 promotion team, Robbie Brady fired a 20-yard shot straight at Ingram, who dropped a hanging cross at the far post before claiming on the second try.
The lightest period came just after the half-hour for the visitors as the visitors came up short with a stop-start incident and intensity in the first half.
Tetteh set up a cross that Jacob Greaves deflected wide, Oscar Estupiñán’s angled drive sailed wide and Lewie Coyle curled up from distance.
On the other hand, it was a similar story to Daniel Johnson’s with his 300th birthdayth Lilywhite’s performance, Brady picked out with a smart pass, but he flicked his left-footed shot wide.
The Republic of Ireland international thought he had given North End the lead two minutes into the restart when his shot deflected violently and hit the post.
Ingram twice stood in Parrott’s way, first batting away his shot from a tight angle before parrying the Tottenham loanee’s curling attempt from 25 yards.
Regan Slater warmed Freddie Woodman’s hands between those chances – the Tigers’ first attempt to score.
Arveladze decided to freshen up his attacking line, bringing Vaughn Covil and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh up front, while Callum Elder came on at left-back.
Preston still looked more likely; Brady’s wicked cross caused consternation in the City box, resulting in Alan Browne firing into the side netting and Ingram requiring treatment.
The Lilywhites had a great chance with seven minutes left when a long ball sent Parrott wide, but his final shot was blocked and hacked away by Ingram’s legs.
Preston (3-1-4-2): Lumberjack; Floor, Lindsay, Hughes; White man; Potts (Fernandez 66′), Browne ©, Johnson (Woodburn 79′), Brady; Riis, parrot.
Substitutes: Cornell, Bauer, McCann, Ledson, O’Neill.
Hull City (3-4-1-2): Ingram; Jones, Figueiredo, Greaves; Coyle ©, Seri (Williams 85′), Slater, Sayyadmanesh; Tufan (gun 81′); Estupiñán (Covil 59′), Tetteh (Elder 59′).
Unused subs: Robson, McLoughlin, Wilks.