Preston produced a stunning comeback against Leeds to take all three points in a 10-goal thriller at Elland Road.Advertisement
The Lilywhites came from 4-1 down to claim a 6-4 win and leave the home team and fans shell-shocked.
No-one could have anticipated the drama that would unfold that night as the two teams got the action under way, with Preston starting brightly and being rewarded with an early goal courtesy of a Jon Parkin tap in after great work by Keith Treacy.
Leeds responded in spectacular fashion with four goals in twenty-four minutes, the first came from a George McCartney cross which Luciano Becchio converted with a header. The Yorkshire club was ahead five minutes later when a mix up at the back resulted in Sean St Ledger heading a ball bound for a goal kick straight to Alex Bruce, who scored his first goal for the club.
Things got better for Leeds as David Somma finished twice, the first with the aid of a deflection and the second a clean strike after a good run.
That was as good as it got for the home supporters as Preston produced a comeback unlikely to be matched for the rest of the season. Barely a minute had passed and the away side had pulled one back when Leeds were cut open and Parkin claimed his second of the night by running through and finishing at the near post.
Nearly 10 minutes into the second half Preston pulled another back, Keith Treacy somehow scoring directly from a corner to reduce the arrears to one. There was still over half an hour to go when Bruce recklessly hacked down Iain Hume in the penalty box and captain Callum Davidson finished from the spot.
Amazingly, the away side was ahead when Jon Parkin completed his hat trick after turning well and firing the ball past Shane Higgs in the Leeds goal. There was still time for Hume to make the game safe as he headed in a Billy Jones cross, with just over 10 minutes remaining, completing an amazing comeback for the Lancashire club.
As Leeds fans left the match in disbelief at what they had witnessed, Preston fans were celebrating a remarkable victory on a remarkable night.
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