Preston slumped to another home defeat last night, at the hands of fellow-strugglers Hull City.Advertisement
Despite starting brightly, North End fell victim to two goals on the break which left the home fans frustrated at the final whistle.
The game was dedicated to our Armed Forces around the world, and both teams and their fans held an impeccable one-minute silence before kick-off to remember those who had lost their lives.
Once the game was kicked off, Preston looked the more likely to get the first goal, putting pressure on the Hull defence.
Jon Parkin had the ball in the back of the net after just seven minutes, but it was chalked off for offside.
Sean St. Ledger came off worse in a 50-50 challenge a couple of minutes later, as he went into a strong challenge with Andy Dawson. The Preston defender appeared to have hurt his knee, but played the remainder of the game nonetheless.
Despite a prolonged spell of possession, Preston found themselves behind.
Callum Davidson lost the ball going forward on the left, and Koren swung a perfect cross in to find Richard Garcia unmarked at the back post, who slammed a diving header past a helpless Lonergan.
Hull could’ve doubled their lead moments later, but Lonergan put good pressure on Koren and forced him to just clip the ball wide.
Preston’s best chance of the first half came from an unlikely source, as the ball bobbled to defender Wayne Brown on the edge of the Hull area, and the centre back smashed an effort just wide of the visitors’ goal.
The home side came out for the second half a couple of minutes ahead of the visitors, and Darren Ferguson brought young Conor McLaughlin on for his North End debut.
The 18-year-old Northern Irish U21 star was brought on in right-back, and St Ledger, whose knee was heavily strapped up, dropped in at left-back.
Just six minutes into the second half, and PNE should have been level.
Iain Hume struck the ball hard from the edge of the penalty area and hit the left-hand upright, beating the goalkeeper, but somehow the ball rolled along the goal-line to safety.
Parkin then had a great chance to bring Preston back into the game, but hit shot was straight at the Hull ‘keeper.
Darren Ferguson threw on Keith Treacy, who in the week was allegedly fined two-weeks wages for going out too close to a matchday.
Parkin then had another great opportunity to score, but again could only find the hands of Mannone.
Hull’s goalscorer Richard Garcia swung a teasing ball across Lonergan’s six yard box, but there no was no-one there to make contact.
Treacy picked up a silly yellow card, just minutes after coming on, meaning he will now miss the crunch trip to QPR next weekend.
As the home side went in search of the equaliser, they were caught napping at the back, and allowed Hull a second.
Nicky Barmby made the most of some sloppy defending, and against the run of play, doubled Hull’s advantage.
Preston were somehow unable to score in the remaining quarter of an hour, as Hull made a string of errors in their own box, with no PNE player on hand to capitialise.
After a flurry of late chances, including one from Keith Treacy, the final whistle was blown to a chorus of boos from the home fans.
As Darren Ferguson trudged down the tunnel at full-time, he was greeted with a banner in the Alan Kelly Town End reading ‘Time’s up Fergie’ as well as chants of ‘we want Fergie out’.
Another disappointing defeat for Ferguson’s team, and with the home fans’ patience clearly running out, the players will need to brush themselves down for a big match at QPR next weekend.
PNE: Lonergan, St. Ledger, Morgan, W.Brown, Davidson, James, Barton, Russell, Parry, Hume, Parkin.
Subs: Nicholson, Treacy, Mayor, Arestidou, McLaughlin, Wright, Middleton.
Hull City: Mannone, Rosenoir, Gerrard, Dawson, Ashbee, Zayatte Garcia, Harper, Kilbane, Koren, Ayala.
Subs: Duke, Cairney, Cooper, Barmby, Cullen, Simpson, Solano.
|PNE: Lonergan, St. Ledger, Morgan, W.Brown, Davidson, James, Barton, Russell, Parry, Hume, Parkin. Subs: Nicholson, Treacy, Mayor, Arestidou, McLaughlin, Wright, Middleton.
Hull City: Mannone, Rosenoir, Gerrard, Dawson, Ashbee, Zayatte Garcia, Harper, Kilbane, Koren, Ayala. Subs: Duke, Cairney, Cooper, Barmby, Cullen, Simpson, Solano.