PNE 1-1 Yeovil Town


Preston North End relied on the effort of new signing Sylvain Ebanks-Blake to gain a point as the club aims for automatic promotion. The Ex-Plymouth Argyle and Wolves striker has struggled in recent years after breaking his leg. But the 28 year old confidently rounded the goalkeeper to touch the ball into the net.

Yeovil Town really challenged the promotion chasing hosts. A surprise to some as the visiting side was only able to raise a side with 5 substitutes; which included two goalkeepers.

The home side were stunned when The Glovers scored right before the half time whistle to give them some much needed advantage in the match. Gozie Ugwu tapped in from a Sam Foley set piece to give the Somerset outfit the lead.

This came as disappointment to the home crowd that watched as their side had the majority of chances in the half. The game started off in an even fashion with both sides enjoying early possession in the match.

When Preston had finally settled into the game, Chris Humphreys and Scott Laird were enjoying running down the line and finding targets within the box. In the 12th minute, Kevin Davies was able to link up with Jermaine Beckford in the box who was unfortunate to put the ball over the keeper and the net.

Chances kept coming thick and fast as both veteran strikers had chances but were unable to pass Yeovil keeper Jed Steer, currently on loan from Norwich City FC.

The first half was drawn to a close after the Ugwu goal with several North End fans disappointed with the how the half ended. The players were jeered off and knew they had to improve if they were to get anything out of the game.

Substitutions were implemented and seemed to make a difference to the home side. Kyel Reid, Paul Wiseman and Ebanks-Blake came on to strengthen the side that continued to cause problems to the visiting side.

As snow fell, the fans patience was diminishing. Alan Browne went close sending a fizzing shot to Steer’s right as he tipped the low shot away.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 76th minute when Sylvain Ebanks-Blake brought his new club back into the game. He went close again ten minutes later when his acrobatic effort landed onto the top of the net.

Yeovil Town will be pleased to hold on for a draw as striker Kieffer Moore was playing at centre-back and had a good game covering the position. They still remain bottom of the division, but a point closer to safety. Preston North End will be disappointed not to get more out of the game that they should have won. The Lilywhites next game is against Sheffield United this Saturday as Preston could advance through to the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.

PNE: Johnstone, Clarke, Wright (Wiseman, 46), Huntington, Laird, Humphrey, Welsh, Brownhill (Reid, 66), Gallagher, Beckford (Ebanks-Blake, 66), K Davies.

Subs not used: Stuckmann, King, Kilkenny, Browne.

Yeovil: Steer, Smith, Edwards, Foley, Moore, Ofori-Twumasi, Loza (Hoskins, 66), Ugwu (Hayter, 52), Arturworrey, Smith (Berrett, 85), Shephard.

Subs not used: Krysiak, Stewart.

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