Lee Bowyer singled out praised for Birmingham City stopper Matija Sarkic and Preston North End opposite number Daniel Iversen in the stalemate at St Andrew's.
North End chalked up their fourth draw in a row in the Championship as they kept a clean sheet against the Blues.
Troy Deeney rattled the woodwork with a bullet header from point-blank range, while Iversen saved well from Tahith Chong's left-footed drive.
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For PNE Josh Earl broke into the box and couldn't quite force his effort in at the near post, with Sarkic getting down to keep it out
The biggest chance of the half though fell to Emil Riis just after the half-hour mark, when Sepp van den Berg slipped him through on goal only for the Dane's right-footed shot to be saved by Sarkic.
PNE made the brighter start to the second half but it was the home side who carved out the biggest chance after the restart.
Jeremie Bela was slipped in down the left and his cross was almost put into his own net by Andrew Hughes, but Ben Whiteman was there to clear before Iversen saved Maxime Colin's follow-up shot brilliantly.
Reflecting on the draw as the spoiils were shared, Bowyer felt the encounter panned out exactly as he had predicted beforehand.
And he felt both goalkeepers played well and earned their money with good stops at either end of the pitch.
“It was near on word for word what I predicted earlier on in the week,” the Blues head coach said.
“It was not pretty, similar to Stoke game, two tough sides that fight for everything it was more a battle than a football match. That’s how I’d described that. Two good teams that try and win points for their club.
“It could have been 2-2 at half time, even the fourth official said at half time ‘How is this 0-0?’
“I thought ‘Alright concentrate on your job’. I thought both ‘keepers played really well today, they both made good saves. The second half there was less chances but I think we edged it on that one chance that went across the face.
“That was always going to be the difference, something like a slip or a set-piece that was going to win the game. Unfortunately for us we didn’t take any of our chances and a draw was probably fair.”
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