Jordan Hugill’s late goal rescued a point for Preston North End in a 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town at Deepale.
The striker took the ball on his chest and volleyed home from six yards out after Daryl Horgan found him with a deflected cross.
Ipswich took the lead on 16 minutes with a wonder strike from Tom Lawrence.
The home side dominated for most of the game but found it difficult to break down a well-structured Mick McCarthy team.
The first real chance of the game came after seven minutes. Aiden McGeady delivered to Hugill whose header just missed the target.
Ipswich scored with their first real chance of the game and it was a superb individual effort from Tom Lawrence. The Leicester loanee dribbled past two defenders, cut in on his right foot and curled the ball into the far right corner from a tight angle.
It was Ipswich who threatened again four minutes later. Freddie Sears was played through on goal but the strike was straight at Maxwell who gathered comfortably.
The rest of the first half was all Preston. The Lilywhites showed great desire to draw level but it just seemed to be one of those days for Simon Grayson’s team.
On 35 minutes, McGeady again beat his man and floated a cross to find Robinson. He attempted an overhead kick but was unable to connect cleanly. The winger threatened again but his effort flew over the crossbar. Ben Pearson tried to test Ipswich’s Bialkowski however, his volley from the edge of the area deflected off his own player.
As half time drew to a close it seemed Ipswich were going to do the double of PNE via the same result.
Just like the first half, the home side had the majority of possession and chances. Within five minutes Robinson was found unmarked in the box by Gallagher but his attempted volley was weak and straight at the goal keeper.
The away side had two chances in the second half. After 68 minutes Skuse had an effort from range and failed to trouble Maxwell. Five minutes on and Pitman waster a golden opportunity to double their lead. A game of pinball in the area fell kindly for the midfielder who blasted clean over the crossbar.
More chances came begging and McGeady was again at the centre of everything. With 15 minutes left he was one on one with the keeper who made a fantastic save to keep the score as it was. The winger turned provider this time for Tom Clarke. His dinked cross was met by the defender’s head but was cleared off the line.
With time ticking fast and Preston desperately trying to equalise a huge chance fell on the 87th minute. Bialkowski spilt a cross and substitute Jermain Beckford was there to pounce, he smashed the ball goal wards from close range but saw his shot blocked.
With a minute to go PNE finally broke through the Ipswich defence. New signing Daryl Horgan crossed the ball into the area, the delivery took a deflection and found Jordan Hugill unmarked. The striker had time to chest and then volley the ball into the back of the net.
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson said: “It was always going to be a tough game. It wasn’t the best game in terms of the creative side but what we did do was we kept plugging away. We kept going and got a reward but overall a draw was a fair result.
“Jordan is invaluable, we just want him to keep fit and keep scoring goals. I spoke to him before the game, I didn’t want speculation to affect his performance and I don’t think it did. He took his goal really well, it was a great finish by him and I am delighted for him.”