Preston deserved so much more than a cruel last minute Arsenal goal to win it
Saturday 7th January – 5.30pm kick off – Deepdale – Emirates FA Cup third round
Preston North End throughly deserved more than to concede an agonising last minute winner from no other than French international, Olivier Grioud. A game streamed live on BT Sport for millions to watch certainly focused on the Champions League participants. However, much to everybody’s surprised Preston started the game much on the front foot.
Callum Robinson’s 7th minute goal sent Preston fans into wonderland. A superb run from Everton loanee Aiden McGeady completely mugged off the Arsenal superstar Aaron Ramsey with a cheeky McGeady spin before passing to Robbo, who cooly fired home.
Preston would rue missed chances in the first half as we could’ve easily been two or three in front. We scored a second, only for the goal to harshly be ruled out due to a foul on the ‘keeper. Gallagher also had a chip over the ‘keeper (think Wolves away 2015/16 season) scrambled off the line.
The home side’s fans were definitely the happier of the two as referee Robert Madley called for half time.
Aaron Ramsey equalised for Arsenal with some real class within a minute of the restart,
which wasn’t the start North End would’ve wanted but what can you do against a European Championship semi finalist. We continued to shock Arsenal and viewers around the world as we played fantastically, some even described it as better than the Wembley winning performance with says a lot. The 90th minute was fast approaching as Preston couldn’t find a way through a revived Arsenal defence. Chris Maxwell making some worldly saves to keep Preston in it, Grioud also being caught offside finding the ball in the back of the net was a let off for Preston.
Agonisingly, Grioud then found the net legally in the 89th minute, breaking hearts all around the city.
By all accounts though, Preston were definitely on top for large parts of the game and the misses from Gallagher, Hugill and Marnick will forever haunt fans.
A crowd of 22,185 saw Preston’s wonderful performance against a strong Arsenal team, lets hope for a return in some of those day-trippers?
Preston North End 1 – 2 Arsenal