There were several surprises when Preston lined up at home to an in form QPR. Van den Berg was given his debut at right back as Preston returned to a back four also featuring Cunningham, Hughes and Storey.
Borwne was restored to midfield whilst Gordon and Sinclair played out wide with Potts supporting Evans. Overall North End had a positive first forty five minutes.
Sinclair scuffed a shot wide but this started a train of attempts at both ends of the pitch. Gordon had the best chances for North End. He turned the defence inside out before having a shot saved by the keeper.
The young loanee had a free kick saved as he tried to deceive the keeper by shooting instead of crossing. His best chance came when he got on the end of a cross but only headed over.
Evans and Potts also had chances but couldn't covert. QPR also had opportunities forcing the keeper into a save and having a lob cleared by Preston's defence.
The second half was a bit more tame. Gordon was the key attacking player but he was substituted perhaps through fatigue and with that Preston's chances faded.
It was an improvement on the drubbing at Cardiff but much improvement is needed from Preston and with Gordon looking promising there might be more of a threat for the rest of the season.