A PNE Gentry Day performance to forget quickly
Saturday 4th March – 3pm kick off – Craven Cottage – Sky Bet Championship
A fantastic 2,821 Preston fans made the trip to the sunny capital to celebrate the lives of those we have lost over the past year. What turned out to be a fantastic day out for the fans away from the pitch was let down by the players, who’s performance left a lot to be desired.
Grayson chose an interesting starting XI at Craven Cottage, choosing to leave out Ben Pearson for Daniel Johnson baffled many, myself included, knowing the game would be a physical one. However, the addition of Tom Barkhuizen upfront in place of Callum Robinson was a positive one, after impressing as a substitute against QPR.
Fulham had control of the game from the off, Preston lacking the bite in midfield to control the Cottagers captain Cairney who dominated. The lack of a fit natural right back was also a concern for Preston. The visitors were glad to be at half time with just a one nil deficit, the fans waited for the second half with baited breath as a substitution was surely imminent. Grayson stuck with his starting XI, as he isn’t one for making half time substitutions, however the introduction of Ben Pearson for Alan Browne and Callum Robinson for Daryl Horgan just before the hour mark seemed to make an impact as Preston looked to want to get something from the game.
Although, when Fulham’s second game against the run of play, it looked almost
impossible for the visitors to get back into the game. A small glimmer of hope appeared when Barkhuizen slotted home a beautiful pass from McGeady, who had been quiet for much of the game.
9 minutes later and it was game over with Fulham scoring a third. A disappointing display from the boys in yellow, who were backed with a fantastic following. Fans left disappointed, only to be more frustrated as Grayson seemingly embarrassed with his tactics, sent Snodin to do the post match press conference.
All in all, it was a Gentry Day to forget. The fans absolutely fantastic all day. From songs on the tube, over 200 enjoying a cruise down the thames, singing for almost 90 minutes even when the performance wasn’t encouraging. I don’t encourage the use of pyros at football, but to let one off at 2-0 down was impressive, which other set of fans would respond to a conceded goal in this manner?