8 points from a possible 15 signals a consistent January for PNE
January was started on the road for Preston, who visited the Pirelli Stadium for a competitive fixture for the first time in the history. A fortunate Preston came away from
Burton victorious in a scrappy 1-0 win.
The FA Cup third round saw Arsenal be the first to visit Deepdale in 2017. An Olivier Grioud last minute winner broke hearts all around the city as Arsenal knocked Preston out of the cup, winning the round 2 -1. Definitely an exciting game to be remembered for Preston which was broadcast live on BT Sport.
League leaders Brighton came to Deepdale on the back of an 18 game unbeaten streak however Preston made sure Brighton left with 0 points in a comfortable 2 – 0 victory. Confidence running high in the Preston camp.
A trip to Aston Villa was Preston’s next game in January. A game that was the definition
of a game of two halves. Preston the happier of the two teams to be leaving Birmingham with a point after overcoming a two goal deficite to ultimately draw 2-2. A Jordan Hugill masterclass on show to the 2,709 travelling Preston fans.
Ipswich Town then came to Deepdale with a plan almost executed to perfection had Jordan Hugill not popped up in the 89th minute to rescue the white’s a point. The 1-1 draw probably a fair result.
Wales was the final destination for Preston, who travelled to Cardiff City on Tuesday 31st. A disappointing 2-0 loss for Preston ended a 5 league match unbeaten run.
Preston ended the month 11th in the league on 41 points, 5 points off the play offs and 16 points off the relegation places. A decent position with 17 games remaining in the season. Barnsley are Preston’s first opponents in February.
02/01/17 Burton Albion 0 – 1 Preston North End
07/01/17 Preston North End 1 – 2 Arsenal
14/01/17 Preston North End 2 – 0 Brighton and Hove Albion
21/01/17 Aston Villa 2 – 2 Preston North End
28/01/17 Preston North End 1 – 1 Ipswich Town
31/01/17 Cardiff City 2 – 0 Preston North End