PNE beat QPR to make it three home wins in a row
Saturday 25th February – 3pm kick off – Deepdale – Sky Bet Championship
After Preston’s 2-0 win at Loftus Road back in August meant it was the first league double this season for the boys in white, also recording their third successive home win.
With four out of four right backs injured it forced an unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation with Cunningham and Horgan taking on wing back roles with a back 3 consisting of Spurr, in for the injured Browning, Huntington, who seems to have a renewed sense of confidence, and the ever present captain Tom Clarke. QPR also played the 3-4-3 which meant both teams cancelled each other out, making for an uneventful first half but for QPR’s Lua Lua’s impressive back heel goal half an hour in and Aiden McGeady’s little bit of magic on the edge of the area on the stroke of half time.
Grayson admitted after the game that the new formation wasn’t working and reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 after half time with left footed Cunningham playing right back. Horgan impressing more and more with every appearance.
Robinson had the ball in the back of the net for North End, but the flag up for offside. Hugill then scored his 11th goal of the season, after the QPR ‘keeper saved his first effort on 71 minutes. Horgan providing the assist once again. Hugill was unlucky not to score again shortly after a Callum Robinson delivery, as he couldn’t quite keep the ball down.
Freeman was sent off for the visitors in a bizarre turn of events, one which no fans seemed to know about. It transpired that an alleged stamp on Spurr was the reason behind his second yellow card, much to Holloway’s protests.
Substitute Tom Barkhuzien impressed again and was extremely unlucky not to get a goal in his 5 minutes on the field, an appearance that should earn him a start against Fulham.
Aiden McGeady showed again why he’s played at the very highest level with his magical footwork, and ability to create something out of nothing. The very reason we must do something to keep hold of him in the summer.
Preston North End 2 – 1 Queens Park Rangers