A third straight defeat as the Preston players looked to have gone on holiday
Monday 17th April – 3pm kick off – Deepdale – Sky bet Championship
Greg Cunningham became the fourth defensive casualty for North End (Calum Woods, Tom Clarke and Tyias Browning all already out injured), and the fifth defender out of
contention (Alex Baptiste out suspended). When he had to be stretchered off within the first 10 minutes with a broken leg. Preston definitely have a warrior in Cunningham as he tried to run off a broken leg.
The first half consisted of a boring, lifeless performance from the two teams with nothing to play for. Norwich took the lead through Dorrans which took a deflection off Tom Barkhuizen. 10 minutes later, Norwich doubled their lead through lazy, sloppy defending leaving Murphy unmarked in the penalty area. Just after, Maxwell saved a one on one to keep Preston from going 3 goals to the good.
A very disappointing first half performance, especially when you consider the utter disbelief of not leaving Huddersfield with any points, the performance and character of the team deserving at least one. As a fan, you’d have thought they’d want to put Friday behind them and take all three points 2 days later.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Preston who created more than enough chances. Barkhuizen, Robinson and Gallagher all going close. Spurr eventually converted one of these chance to have the deficit and score his first goal for the club. Again, Preston had the chances to level the score. Gallagher with the constantly good deliveries into the box from set pieces. McGeady also using his quick feet to create a chance for himself but could only find the side netting.
As time ticked on Preston looked for an equaliser but another late goal conceded through a counter attack saw that Norwich were to definitely leave Lancashire with all three points to make it 1-3.
A very poor 90 minutes for Preston which angered the supporters as it sealed a third successive defeat. The players letting themselves down by seemingly have already finished their season with nothing to play for and gone on their holidays. A tough game a week today at St. James’ Park needed momentum from this Easter weekend which Preston haven’t created for themselves.
Preston North End 1 – 3 Norwich City