Aiden O’Brien’s first Championship goal since September was not enough as Millwall were held by Preston North End at The Den.

He swept home from a fine Jed Wallace cross two minutes before half-time, but Callum Robinson converted with 11 minutes left to ensure a share of the spoils.

Neil Harris made six changes from his sides 4-1 win over Barnsley in the FA Cup last weekend as Jordan Archer, Mahlon Romeo, James Meredith, George Saville, Ryan Tunnicliife and Lee Gregory returned to the starting 11.

The hosts started well in what was a sloppy first-half with neither side able to gain a foot-hold on the game. Tunnicliffe almost found Gregory in the box in the opening minutes, but Tom Clarke denied him with an excellent sliding tackle.

It was the visitors that had the first attempt of the game as Callum Robinson fired in an effort from distance and despite Archer spilling it back into the danger-zone, Meredith was there to clear.

Robinson went even closer on 34 minutes, but his 25-yards strike went just wide of Archer’s right-hand post.

At the other end, Tunnicliffe volleyed wide from just outside the box when the ball found him from a Millwall corner.

The game came to life as the half progressed and The Lions took the lead two minutes before the break. Jed Wallace did well before crossing over for O’Brien who slotted home his third goal in two games after going 18 without scoring before his brace against Barnsley last week.

The second-half was a quiet affair with Millwall having dig deep to maintain their advantage with neither side able to create any chances.

Preston increased the pressure as the half grew on, forcing the hosts to play the majority of the second period without to ball, much to the frustration of the home fans, and their mood would not have improved on 79 minutes when Robinson chested Preston level. Greg Cunningham sent over a teasing cross and the North End man had the simple task of converting from a couple of yards out.

The visitors almost competed the turn-around, but Meredith made a crucial block to deny Daryl Horgan’s powerful goal-bound strike from inside the box.