Hull City played out a goalless draw against Preston North End in the first away match of the season.
Goalkeeper Matt Ingram was in excellent form as he produced a number of fine saves to preserve the Tigers’ unbeaten start.
Benjamin Tetteh came in for his full City debut as Shota Arveladze made one change from the opening-day victory over Bristol City, with Tyler Smith absent from the matchday squad.
The Tigers romped to a 4-1 victory at Deepdale on the opening day of last season in our first game back in the Championship after lifting the League One title.
City fell behind inside 10 minutes that day and had to absorb early Preston pressure here as Ingram palmed away Emil Riis’ crisp first-time drive from Troy Parrott’s knock down.
Robbie Brady, part of our 2012/13 promotion-winning team, fired a 20-yard effort straight at Ingram, who dropped a hanging far-post cross before claiming at the second attempt.
The visitors’ brightest spell of a stop-start first half short on goalmouth incident and intensity came just after the half-hour mark.
Tetteh stood up a cross which Jacob Greaves glanced wide via a deflection, Oscar Estupiñán’s angled drive sailed wide and Lewie Coyle curled over from range.
It was a similar story at the other end as Daniel Johnson, on his 300th Lilywhites appearance, picked out Brady with an intelligent pass but he lifted his left-footed shot over.
The Republic of Ireland international thought he had given North End the lead two minutes after the restart as his driven shot took a hefty deflection and crashed against the post.
Ingram twice stood in Parrott’s way, first beating away his strike from a narrow angle before parrying the Tottenham loanee’s curling effort from 25 yards.
Regan Slater warmed the palms of Freddie Woodman in between those chances – the Tigers’ first attempt on target.
Arveladze decided to freshen up his forward line, bringing on Vaughn Covil and moving Allahyar Sayyadmanesh up front, with Callum Elder coming on at left wing-back.
Preston were still looking the likelier; Brady’s wicked cross caused consternation in the City penalty area, leading to a stretching Alan Browne firing into the side-netting and Ingram needing treatment.
The Lilywhites had a big chance seven minutes from time as a long ball played Parrott into space but his eventual shot was blocked by Ingram’s legs and hacked away.
Preston (3-1-4-2): Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Whiteman; Potts (Fernandez 66’), Browne ©, Johnson (Woodburn 79’), Brady; Riis, Parrott.
Subs: Cornell, Bauer, McCann, Ledson, O’Neill.
Hull City (3-4-1-2): Ingram; Jones, Figueiredo, Greaves; Coyle ©, Seri (Williams 85’), Slater, Sayyadmanesh; Tufan (Cannon 81’); Estupiñán (Covil 59’), Tetteh (Elder 59’).
Subs not used: Robson, McLoughlin, Wilks.
Attendance: 15,816 (1,610 Hull City supporters)