Championship
Preston1Barnsley2

Preston North End 1-2 Barnsley

Adam Armstrong
Adam Armstrong also scored on his debut for Coventry during a loan spell last season

Loan signing Adam Armstrong scored a brilliant debut goal to give Barnsley the points at struggling Preston.

The Tykes were under severe pressure at the back when substitute Armstrong, brought in from Newcastle, outwitted Alex Baptiste before curling home.

Barnsley had gone ahead in the first half when Sam Winnall slid home Marley Watkins' cross from close range.

Aiden McGeady's 25-yard strike levelled the scores, but Preston failed to make the most of their other chances.

The Lilywhites went into game next to bottom in the Championship table, having failed to win any of their eight previous home matches, a run stretching back to last season.

Boss Simon Grayson started with all three pre-deadline signings, McGeady, Marnick Vermijl and Alex Baptiste, while Barnsley had four new faces, including Armstrong, on the bench.

The Tykes started brightly, although keeper Adam Davies had to dive to tip a Paul Gallagher free-kick on to the post as it eluded everyone in the box.

Once McGeady had cancelled out Winnall's opener following a short corner, Preston carried the greater threat and Jordan Hugill's header forced a good save from Adam Davies before Callum Robinson blazed over from a good position.

But Armstrong, who scored twice at the start of a loan spell for Coventry last season, had the final say as he backheeled the ball past Baptiste and picked his spot beyond goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"I think if anyone watched the game they will see how well we've played. We dominated the ball, the chances and the play.

"We limited them to hardly any possession second half, so to get hit on the sucker punch is very difficult to take.

"We've not deserved to lose that game, but that's football. It can be cruel at times. We just have to keep believing in what we are doing and eventually the breaks will come for us."

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom:

"We earned the right to play a bit more football late on and we saw the game out with a fantastic goal.

"We changed the formation as the game went on and we felt that if we could get someone behind their two midfielders it could cause them a problem.

"We know we weren't at our best on the ball, but we really put our bodies on the line. I'm very proud of them and I think the fans are proud of them as well because that passion is what they want to see.

"We have shown we can score goals and win games at this level and we've shown two different ways to win."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 2Vermijl
  • 5Clarke
  • 27Baptiste
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 47mins
  • 17SpurrBooked at 39minsSubstituted forHugillat 60'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 14McGeady
  • 19Welsh
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forJohnsonat 77'minutes
  • 37Robinson
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forMakienokat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 11Johnson
  • 18Pringle
  • 22Maxwell
  • 23Huntington
  • 25Hugill

Barnsley

  • 1DaviesBooked at 90mins
  • 17YiadomBooked at 86mins
  • 4RobertsBooked at 50mins
  • 5MacDonald
  • 3White
  • 40KentSubstituted forArmstrongat 62'minutes
  • 8Hourihane
  • 6Scowen
  • 7HammillSubstituted forKpekawaat 90+1'minutes
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forMorsyat 65'minutes
  • 15Watkins

Substitutes

  • 11Lee
  • 13Townsend
  • 18Jackson
  • 19Kpekawa
  • 20Bradshaw
  • 29Morsy
  • 32Armstrong
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
11,852

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home21
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Barnsley 2.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Cole Kpekawa replaces Adam Hammill.

Booking

Adam Davies (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Welsh.

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Makienok.

Offside, Barnsley. Adam Hammill tries a through ball, but Conor Hourihane is caught offside.

Booking

Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Eoin Doyle.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Barnsley 2. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Greg Cunningham.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Paul Gallagher.

Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

Offside, Barnsley. Andy Yiadom tries a through ball, but Marley Watkins is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Sam Morsy replaces Sam Winnall.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Barnsley 1. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Welsh.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Eoin Doyle with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Armstrong replaces Ryan Kent.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield651094516
2Newcastle6402104612
3Barnsley6402149512
4Birmingham632185311
5Norwich632197211
6Fulham632175211
7QPR631296310
8Brentford631274310
9Bristol City631297210
10Reading631279-210
11Wolves62318539
12Nottm Forest5302111109
13Brighton62228628
14Burton6222111018
15Ipswich62227708
16Sheff Wed622257-28
17Aston Villa51225505
18Cardiff612369-35
19Derby612315-45
20Rotherham6123514-95
21Wigan6114910-14
22Leeds6114510-54
23Preston610547-33
24Blackburn6024513-82
View full Championship table

Top Stories