Preston North End 1-1 Wolves

Photo by Hudson6dogs / CC BY-SA

Photo by Hudson6dogs / CC BY-SA

By Matt Weston – Sports Editor

A nine-man Preston North End was unfortunate to let their lead slip away in the last minutes against Wolves.

Scottish midfielder Kevin McDonald’s effort with time and space from outside the area was enough to sink the nine-man hosts.

The equaliser was the nail in the coffin after gaining the lead in the first half; thanks to brilliant link-up from Joe Garner and scorer Daniel Johnson.

Simon Grayson decided to start Daniel Johnson on the right, with debutant Adam Reach in his favoured left wing role having announced the signing just minutes before the team line-ups were released.

Ten minutes was all it took for Preston North End to break the dead-lock. Joe Garner controlled the ball down for Daniel Johnson to take a touch and then curl the ball into the keeper’s right-hand corner.

Flurries of chances followed especially from debutant Adam Reach, who saw his shot from outside the box deflect out for a corner.

A minute later, Joe Garner had a half volley from just outside the box go fizzing past the post.

Wolves were unable to play counter-attacking football as the Lilywhites were dominant until the 19th minute.

Joe Garner went into a high challenge with a boot above ahead height with Danny Batth that lead to his sending off.

North End may have been a man down but they still kept chances coming.

Wolves had the best efforts in the rest of the half as James Henry sent a shot flying over the bar for Wolves in the 25th minute.

Jordan Pickford was also brought into the game to clear from a one-on-one with Wolves striker Benik Afobe.

In the second half, Wolves picked up from where they left off in the first period.

Jed Wallace had a shot from outside the area parried away by Jordan Pickford in the PNE goal in the 55th minute.

Then an endless supply of crosses was fired at Afobe and substitute Le Fondre but neither found the back of the net.

After the substitution of Jordan Hugill for Will Keane, the Middlesborough-born forward came close to finding the back of the net with one of his first touches.

Preston North End were reduced to nine men after Bailey Wright was given a second yellow card for a poor challenge.

Tensions remained fiery for the rest of the game with PNE fans discontent with every decision for the remainder of the game. The hosts had their backs to the wall for the last ten minutes.

It wasn’t until additional time that Man of the Match Jordan Pickford was beaten by former Scotland Uner-21 International McDonald.

Considering Preston North End spent most of the game a man down and then two down in the last 10 minutes, the club weren’t so disheartened to have still walked away with a point.

PNE: Pickford, Woods, Clarke, Wright, Cunningham, Reach, Welsh, Browne, Johnson (Humphrey, 76) Keane (Hugill, 65) Garner. Subs not used: Vermijl, Humphrey, Kilkenny, Doyle, May, Kirkland.

Wolves: Martinez, Iorfa, Batth, Hause, Golbourne, Henry (Byrne, 63) McDonald, Price, La Parra (Le Fondre, 46) Wallace (Ojo, 63) Afobe. Subs not used: Doherty, Saville, Ebanks-Landell, Ikeme.

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