Preston North End v Wigan Athletic

PNE rue a missed opportunity for three wins in a week

Saturday 18th February 2017 – 3pm kick off – DW Stadium – Sky Bet Championship

The trip to the DW Stadium fell nicely on the fourth anniversary of Simon Grayson’s appointment as Preston manager to create a somewhat party atmosphere for the 4,765 Preston fans who made the short trip down the M6. Nearly 5,000 Simon Grayson masks

Simon Grayson masks sported by the PNE fans

were sported by the Preston fans, who created a sea of yellow when the players emerged for kick off.

Preston startes the game brightly, the pressure resulting in a PNE penalty for a foul on Callum Robinson, only the second awarded in Preston’s favour. With no Daniel Johnson or Paul Gallagher to step up and take the penalty it was left to Jordan Hugill to volunteer his services, an interesting decision for the following Preston fans. Hugill’s penalty was poor, with the run up making it clear which corner he was aiming for. Wigan’s ‘keeper Gilks easily making the save also comfortably saving the rebound.

DW Stadium

The rest of the first half was uneventful, with both teams defending. The second half also didn’t live up to the promise of the build up with the most exciting thing to happen was a superb tackle from Greg Cunningham to stop Wigan’s January signing Omar Bogle from a clear run on goal.

Beckford and Makienok were brought on with half an hour to play in place of Robinson and Hugill but neither contributed anything to the game. Wigan had done their homework and limited Aiden McGeady’s magic feet, with two or three players surrounding him whenever he touched the ball.

The build up to the game promised so much, but there was a lot left to be desired from the game. However, with the three points taken from Wigan in the reverse fixture at Deepdale it meant Preston took 4 points from a possible 6.

Wigan Athletic 0 – 0 Preston North End