After hitting the woodwork three times and missing several other good opportunities, the Tigers finally took the lead five minutes from the end when Jarrod Bowen fired home from the penalty spot but it still wasn’t enough as Preston’s Louis Moult struck an equaliser three minutes into added time to earn the visitors a share of the points.
Nigel Adkins made three changes to his side on their return to action after the international break with Jordy de Wijs, Bowen and Kamil Grosicki coming into the starting eleven. Stephen Kingsley and Markus Henriksen dropped out completely, with Campbell included on the bench. David Marshall captained the side.
Preston were the first to go close to opening the scoring when Alan Browne sent a header just wide as he got on the end of an in-swinging set-piece delivery.
Lukas Nmecha sent a snap-shot wide after Sean Maguire had taken advantage of a slip by de Wijs and as the visitors continued to have the better of the opening exchanges, Jackson Irvine’s frustration got the better of him as a rash challenge saw him go into the book.
Davies hooked an effort straight at Marshall from the resulting free kick before Bowen had the Tigers’ first half-chance of the afternoon as he saw a shot blocked by Jordan Storey.
Reece Burke sent a 20-yard effort against an upright after good approach play from Grosicki with the Polish international also seeing a dangerous low cross snuffed out by goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.
The Tigers hit the woodwork for a second time when Chris Martin headed Dan Batty’s cross from the right against the bar before the half’s best chance was missed in added time as Eric Lichaj fired high from six yards after Martin had nodded a Batty cross into the American’s path.
Burke headed just wide from a Grosicki free kick and Bowen was denied by Maxwell after a real turn of pace from Grosicki out wide had set up the chance as the opening moments of the second half looked promising.
Grosicki brought a diving save out of Maxwell with a 25-yard drive before the woodwork was hit for a third time when a lovely through ball from Irvine found Bowen and his touch cannoned off a Preston defender and against the post.
With both sides going in search of a late winner, Preston’s Moult brought a fine save out of Marshall with a far-post header but it was the Tigers who finally broke the deadlock five minutes from time. It came from the penalty spot after Martin had been hauled down when trying to get on the end of a deflected Burke cross, and Bowen was the man to step up and fire into the top corner from 12 yards.
Winning the penalty proved to be Martin’s final contribution as Adkins made his first substitution, Campbell coming on in his place on 87 minutes and that was followed by a second change in the final minute as Nouha Dicko came on for Grosicki.
However, just when it looked as though the Tigers would grab a much-needed win Preston equalised three minutes into added time when the ball dropped kindly for Moult six yards out and he fired past Marshall.
There was still time for Preston to almost grab a winner when Paul Gallagher curled just wide, but it ended 1-1.
Hull City: David Marshall, Eric Lichaj, Reece Burke, Tommy Elphick, Jordy de Wijs, Todd Kane, Daniel Batty (Kevin Stewart 90), Jackson Irvine, Jarrod Bowen, Kamil Grosicki (Nouha Dicko 90), Chris Martin (Fraizer Campbell 87).
Subs Not Used: George Long, Will Keane, Robbie McKenzie, Max Sheaf.
Preston North End: Chris Maxwell, Darnell Fisher, Jordan Storey, Ben Davies, Andy Hughes, Ryan Ledson (Callum Robinson 59), Daniel Johnson, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire (Paul Gallagher 64), Lukas Nmecha (Louis Moult 71).
Subs Not Used: Declan Rudd, Josh Earl, Paul Huntington, Graham Burke.
Referee: Mr G. Ward.