Controversial last minute penalty steals a point from Preston
Friday 14th April – 3pm kick off – John Smith Stadium – Sky bet Championship
McGeady put Preston 1-0 up from an outrageous strike from 25 yards out, giving the visitors play off dreams a glimmer of hope. Preston suffered a huge blow when skipper Tom Clarke stayed down after a challenge on the half way line and hobbled off, (edit: we now know he has suffered Achilles damage, meaning he will miss up to 10 months).
Wagner’s side had plenty of possession but Maxwell was rarely tested until lazy defending from Preston led to an equaliser for Huddersfield just before half time. Another bit of lazy defending led to Huddersfield taking the lead when Payne headed home from a yard out.
With over 10 minutes remaining, Hugill headed home a beautiful bit play from Preston. McGeady running 50 yards, feeding Johnson in the box. Johnson, with his only useful pass of the game, pulled the ball back to Barkhuizen, who put in a brilliant cross, straight onto Hugill’s head. Hugill almost put the visitors back in front, heading past the home ‘keeper Ward but just over the ball.
A dramatic 90+4 off the ball incident saw Premier League referee, Lee Probert give a penalty without seeing the incident. Grayson confirmed after the game Probert gave the penalty for a push on Kachunga by Hugill, which video replays prove did not happen, (edit: the assessors had been in touch with Preston to say the penalty should not have been given).
Maxwell saved Mooy’s initial penalty, but couldn’t get to the rebound before Quaner who somehow slotted home giving the home side all three points.
Huddersfield Town 3 – 2 Preston North End