Preston North End have moved into the third round of the FA Cup this afternoon, defeating League Two promotion challengers Shrewsbury Town.
A 19th minute strike inside the box from centre back Paul Huntingdon was enough to see off the Shropshire side that threatened throughout the tie.
The Shrews never made the game easy for the Lilywhites, as made clear in the second half when goals from James Collins and substitute Andy Mangan were ruled offside.
The visitor’s were causing problems during the first half and made the brighter start to the match.
Playing with a diamond formation, the side looked dominant for a club playing in a division below PNE.
Change had to be made when James Wesolowski in the midfield role had to go off injured.
Shortly following the change, the home side came alive as chances arose after 15 minutes.
The goal was turning point in the game and much needed in the cold and gloomy Deepdale Stadium.
Kyel Reid crosses the ball into the area, the ball managed to ricochet off a defender before man of the match, Paul Huntingdon powered the ball into the top of the net.
Things started to look promising going into half time but Shrewsbury still had the majority of possession in the game.
The visitor’s came out strongest in the second half creating dangerous chances early on.
Thomas Stuckmann was called to make some crucial saves after efforts from Bobby Grant and James Collins tested the German keeper.
After a counter attack started by Paul Gallagher inside the Preston half, a penalty was awarded and it was the perfect opportunity to finish the game.
Gallagher could only manage to strike the ball high into the stands unlike his defensive counterpart Huntingdon.
The final whistle was a sigh of relief for Simon Grayson and his side after Shrewsbury mounted pressure on the home side.
The second half strike partnership of Jermaine Beckford and Kevin Davies was unable to provide that extra goal.
Overall, PNE were pleased by the third clean sheet in four games and now look forward to the next round of the FA Cup.
Simon Grayson admitted that he was looking forward to the next round of the competition. He added: “We will wait and see what comes up in the draw. It’s great to be in that cup draw on Monday night.”
Preston North End: Stuckmann, Wiseman, Clarke, Huntington, Buchanan, Welsh, Kilkenny (Brownhill – 61), Humphrey (Browne – 70), Gallagher, Reid (Davies – 61), Beckford.
Subs: Laird, King, Fewster, Jones, Davies, Browne, Brownhill.
Goal: Huntingdon 18.
Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Grandison (Demetriou – 46), Goldson, Knight-Percival, Grant, Lawrence, Wesolowski (Clark – 16), Lawrence, Woods, Collins, Akpa Akpro (Mangan – 58).
Subs: Demetriou, Ellis, Vernon, Griffith, Clark, Mangan, Halstead.