Preston picked up a point on Wednesday night, drawing 0-0 with Queens Park Rangers at Deepdale.
After a dismal 4-0 defeat at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, North End had to show some sort of fight and response.
Alex Neil’s men did manage 15 shots, but struggled to really test Seny Dieng in what proved to be a frustrating night.
North End did at least frustrate Rangers, limiting them to just six shots and only two on target as the game ended in stalemate.
Neil will at least be pleased with the clean sheet amid major pressure surrounding his future, and part of that was Sepp van den Berg.
The Liverpool loanee was surprisingly brought in for a first start last night, and featured as a right back rather than playing in his natural centre back role.
Van den Berg turned in a fine display; he racked up three interceptions, two tackles, two clearances and two key passes, setting up a great chance for Anthony Gordon in the first half.
With 69 touches, the Dutch talent had more touches than any other Preston player, leading to praise from fans having fared well in a relatively unfamiliar role.
Fans called him ‘really solid’ and ‘very very good’, with a real hope that he will now be given a run at right back moving forward.
Others felt he was ‘bright’ and surprisingly quick for his size, with Liverpool surely delighted with how he performed last night.