Preston North End v Nottingham Forest

A disappointing return from the international break for the PNE boys

Saturday 1st April – 3pm kick off – Deepdale – Sky Bet Championship

On paper, Preston should have put Nottingham Forest to bed after the performances of late but Forest executed their game plan excellently in the first half. McGeady’s access to the ball limited but North End started the brightest. Hugill and Gallagher hitting the bar and Forest ‘keeper having to produce saves from Huntington and Barkhuizen shots.

Blue skies at Deepdale

However, as the game progressed Forest found their feet and Clough played an excellent ball through to Assombalonga who slotted past Maxwell. Maxwell, saving a one on one chance from Brereton using his legs.

McGeady then came to the rescue as usual after the break, a powerful shot from the edge of the area driving into the bottom corner. Substitution Robinson then had a shot saved by Forest’s ‘keeper, Smith.

A stonewall penalty was turned down by referee S Martin, when Gallagher was clipped inside the area. It will be interesting come the end of the season to compare the amount of penalties we have been awarded compared to those around us, we rarely seem to get a break.

In typical Preston style, the last few minutes were a nervy watch for the fans, especially

Clarke’s thrown in

with Pearson taking one for team and making a challenge just before the box to prevent a one on one situation for Forest, to allow Preston to come back and defend Assombalonga’s free kick.

All in all, a share of the spoils was probably a fair result with both teams lacking quality in the final third. However, before the game you’d have edged your bets for a Preston win.

A couple of players were off their best today, Clarke, Cunningham, McGeady and Horgan, the latter  two probably recovering from their international duties. A disappointing performance from the players, which would have seen the gap between Sheffield Wednesday drop to 3 points, as they drew the early kick off. However, with Fulham winning, they now occupy the last play off spot 6 points ahead of 8th placed Preston.

Interestingly, there was a spike in attendance with 12,459 in the ground.

Onto Bristol City on Tuesday night.