Match Report: PNE 1-2 Barnsley

By Jake Colley – Reporter

PNE lost 2-1 to Barnsley to stay in 23rd place in the Championship table.

It was the visitors that had the first real chance of the game.

A good cross by Andy Niadom was headed down by Josh Scowen to the on-rushing Adam Hammil, whose half volley forced a good save from Anders Lindegaard.

However, the next chance of the game came from a Paul Gallagher free-kick.

The ball that was intended to be a cross, took a deflection on the way through and was saved onto the post by Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies.

Less than five minutes later a cross by winger Adam Hammill was met by centre-back Marc Roberts, but his header was no problem for Lindegaard as it sailed over the bar.

The visitors made their dominance count on the half-hour mark, a cross by Marley Watkins from the left-hand side was missed by Lindegaard and slid home at the back-post by Adam Winnall.

However, Preston almost levelled the score ten minutes before half time, a Gallagher cross was met by Callum Robinson but his header was blocked by the Barnsley defence.

Barnsley took a well-deserved lead into the half-time interval and a strong start to the second half by both teams saw the first chance fall to Barnsley.

A Conor Hourihane effort from range forced a smart save from Lindegaard.

Preston nearly levelled soon after through a header by debutant Aidan McGeady that went just past the post marking a great start to the second-half by the home side.

It was McGeady who levelled the score for The Whites, he fired a left-footed shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

Two minutes later and Preston nearly took the lead, a Robinson cross was headed just wide of the right-hand post by striker Eoin Doyle.

Barnsley restored their lead ten minutes from time however.

A long ball over the Preston defence saw substitute Adam Armstrong beat debutant Alex Baptiste in a foot race and curl an effort into the bottom corner.

Aidan McGeady nearly levelled the score for the home side in the 90th minute of the game, but he dragged his shot wide of Adam Davies’ left-hand post.

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