PRESTON North End go the 86th League meeting between the two clubs underway on a crisp but dry January afternoon and it was the travelling Tangerine Army who were brought to their feet when DJ Campbell almost broke the deadlock on four minutes, the on loan striker who starred in last season's win burst forward at pace leave Mawene in his wake but with Lonergan advancing the livewire striker could only direct his finish wide.
Skipper for the day Keith Southern tried his luck from long range on seven minutes and Gary Taylor-Fletcher fired straight at Lonergan moments later as Pool continued to edge the opening exchanges.
Ian Evatt was forced to turn behind for a corner on 11 minutes but the quickly taken corner was cleared by DJ Campbell.
Rob Edwards was forced into a fantastic last ditch challenge on Danny Welbeck on 15 minutes, the Manchester United front man sprung the Pool offside trap and raced towards goal, but with Welbeck about to pull the trigger, Edwards slid in to deny the striker and clear behind for a corner.
Ian Evatt was penalised for a shove on Parkin on 18 minutes, Ross Wallace stepped up and from 25 yards curled over the wall only to be denied by Alex Baptiste who was on the line to clear, Pool only half cleared and Preston earned their third corner of the afternoon, but once again Pool via Rob Edwards were able to clear the danger, but Edwards clearance could only find Welbeck who crashed a shot just wide.
Preston were enjoying the better of the exchanges and on 25 minutes, Danny Welbeck nutmegged Rob Edwards to find Ross Wallace who scampered towards goal but Ian Evatt was on hand to land a crunching first time challenge on the former Rangers man clearing man and ball behind for a corner. Fortunately for Pool, the set play failed to test the Seasiders back four and Matt Gilks was able to claim the ball under no pressure.
David Vaughan found Stephen Crainey with a trademark diagonal ball on 32 minutes, Crainey took a touch before sending a sweet left foot cross to Ben Burgess, but the big striker under pressure from St Ledger could only direct his header over.
Chris Sedgwick almost gave the hosts the lead on 34 minutes, the winger who was wanted by Barnsley on deadline found himself unmarked at the far post but fortunately for the Pool the wideman rushed his shot and fired wide.
Having not had a corner, Pool then enjoyed a succession of set plays the first saw Ian Evatt force Lonergan to tip over whilst the other three corners all caused the North End defence problems.
Pool were almost gifted an opener four minutes before the break when Sean St Ledger cleared the ball against Mawene the ball looped back over Longergan but dropped on the wrong side of the post and Lonergan was able to collect the resulting corner.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher's glancing header from Stephen Crainey's cross flew straight at the keeper as Pool finished the half the stronger of the two teams.
Pool began the second half brightly and Ben Burgess came close to breaking the deadlock when his volley from the edge of the area nestled on the roof of the net.
At the other end Matt GIlks was forced into a good save, Danny Welbeck beat the offside trap to pull back to Coutts who saw his fist time shot well saved by the Pool stopper.
A couple of flares were lit in the away end to divert attention from the action on the pitch and whilst those responsible for the flareswere escorted off to the cells, Preston forced a corner and once again Preston were denied by Gilks who came through a crowd to punch clear.
David Vaughan picked up the games first yellow card for a rash challenge on Wallace on 57 minutes Paul Coutts floated a great ball into the Pool area but Parkin's header flew just wide.
Brett Ormerod squandered the best chance of the game to date on 58 minutes, David Vaughan dispossessed St Ledger with a fantastic challenge, the Welsh man then found Taylor-Fletcher who crossed to Burgess, the big striker laid into the path of Ormerod who looked a certainty to score but the ball somehow got caught between the strikers legs and Preston were able to clear.
Whilst Sean St Ledger was picking up a yellow card for a challenge on Rob Edwards flare number three was lit in the away end and once again the travelling army was reduced by one.
With the game hotting up, Keith Southern fired DJ Campbell's pull back over whilst Rob Edwards headed Stephen Crainey'scross wide after a quickly taken corner involving David Vaughan.
Pool were almost caught on the break and once again the pace of Danny Welbeck caused the Seasiders defence problems, fortunately Stephen Crainey was able to scurry back and turn behind for a corner.
DJ Campbell for fourteen yards missed a great chance on 72 minutes some great play involving Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Ben Burgess and Brett Ormerod found Campbell who with the goal at his mercy fired just over.
John Parkin squandered a great chance for the hosts, Ross Wallace got the better of Alex Baptiste and the striker nicknamed "The Beast" got in front of his man to fire wide.
DJ Campbell almost broke the deadlock on 76 minutes, a great cross to Campbell at the far post saw Campbell rise like a salmon his header looked like it would be the first of the afternoon, but Mawene somehow got to the ball to head it on to the bar and Preston were able to scramble clear.
Both teams continued to press for a winner but neither keeper was really tested and honours were even at full time.
Attempts On Target
Attempts Off Target
BLACKPOOL:Gilks, Baptiste, Edwards, Evatt, Crainey, Southern, Vaughan, Campbell, Taylor-Fletcher, Burgess, Ormerod Subs: Rachubka, Husband, Euell, Martin, Butler, Bangura, Dobbie
PRESTON: Lonergan, Hart, St Ledger, Mawene, Jones, Sedgwick, James, Coutts, Wallace, Parkin, Welebeck Subs: Henderson, Brown (replaced Sedgeick 81), Carter, Chilvers, Treacy, Mellor, Collins
Referee: Mr M Jones