PNE suffer late blow in 2-2 draw

By Connor Billington

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A last-minute header from Gillingham’s Leon Legge meant that Preston dropped a crucial two points in their automatic promotion battle.

Preston stormed in to a two goal lead thanks to Jermaine Beckford and Callum Robinson, but the Gills pegged them back in the second half. First McGlashan and then Legge’s looping header levelled things.
The home side started the game like a house on fire, Garner had no less than three chances within the first twenty minutes but he couldn’t find the net.
Robinson was Preston’s stand out player in the first half, he did well down the left, and produced cross after cross in to the box.
The in-form Beckford put Preston ahead just past the half-hour mark, he got himself in to the box and smashed an effort past Morris for his 10th goal in a Preston shirt.
Callum Robinson then doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time with a goal his performance deserved, it was a wonderful goal from the youngster, he cut inside from the left and stroked the ball past the ‘keeper from inside the D to send Preston in with a two goal advantage.
Preston dominated the first-half totally, 16 shots on goal an idea of how well they were playing.
The saying ‘a game of two halves’ couldn’t have been more relevant in this one.
As the game wore on, the visitors were coming more and more in to it, they were starting to win the individual battles, and Marquis was having a big influence up top.
Sure enough, just before the hour mark, Jermain McGlashan nipped in between two Preston defenders and poked the ball home past Sam Johnstone.
The nerves were clear from the stands and on the field, Preston were struggling to keep a grip on the game.
As promotions rivals were extending their leads in respective games, the home side were falling further and further backwards.
Some of the refereeing decisions towards the end weren’t helping, the Referee seeming to lose control in the last ten minutes.
In the 91st minute came Preston’s worst fear, a wonderful looped ball in to the box was met by Legge, and his looping header went back across goal, over Johnstone and in to the net.
Simon Grayson said: “With how well we played in the first half, game could’ve been over and a couple of other games could’ve been given the opportunities”
The late goal meant it ended all square at 2-2, Preston still in second with a three point gap.

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