The Lilywhites have a brilliant talent in their on-loan keeper who can kick the ball into the opposition’s box and is an excellent shot-stopper. Plus three other things we learnt from PNE’s latest trip to West London.
PNE were forced into changing formation
Simon Grayon started the game with the trusted 3-5-2 formation which saw them promoted last season and has done well so far in the league. With Woods, Wright and Huntington starting at the back. Marnick Vermijl was moved from an attacking position to right back to deal with the QPR wingers. With Matty Phillips and Junior Hoilett causing problems down both wings, the club looked more protected from going a goal down.
The defence can withstand Premier League quality attacks
QPR may have lost Chris Ramsey on Wednesday and brought in Neil Warnock as caretaker manager, but off-field matters don’t stop the hoops from having an impressive side. Charlie Austin scored 18 goals in 36 games in the Premier League last season and many would’ve thought he would’ve switched to a bigger club. But Austin remains in the side and has also scored 7 goals in 12 games and even he couldn’t break through the side. Not only were they brilliant in defence but Bailey Wright nearly sealed the win for the visitor’s when his header was blocked on the line.
Jordan Pickford proves he’s a talented keeper
The England under-21 international secured his sixth clean sheet in a row yesterday as he put in another fantastic performance. His parrying shot late on kept the important point and backed up all the fantastic praise he has been getting. New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce saw Pickford in action against Nottingham Forest and tipped him to be Sunderland’s future number one.
A tremendous away support rallied to Loftus Road
1,024 Preston North End fans travelled to West London to watch the side’s goal-less draw. The draw sees the club fall to 17th place; before the match the club would’ve happily taken a draw and Simon Grayson was quick to note the importance of yesterday’s effort: “We’re happy with what we achieved today and will go into the international break with some confidence.” Over 1,000 fans travelling to London was a fantastic effort and the fans really got behind the visiting side.
Can North End make it seven games unbeaten? There next game isn’t until after the international break when they face Blackburn Rovers in the Lancashire derby. The game at Deepdale may prove to be one of the most important games of the season so far if they’re going to kick-start the long run-in to Christmas.