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Preston North End 1-0 Reading

Jordan Hugill
Jordan Hugill netted Preston's winner against Reading

Jordan Hugill's well-taken goal was enough for Preston to beat Reading at Deepdale.

The decisive moment came midway through the first half, as Sean Maguire nodded into the path of Hugill, who chested down before firing in.

Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone made saves from Maguire, Tom Barkhuizen and Stephy Mavididi to keep his side in it.

The Royals went closest when Joseph Mendes' header from a free-kick was saved by Chris Maxwell.

Having already gone a goal down, Reading were also forced into two substitutions before half-time with midfielders John Swift and Liam Kelly limping off and replaced by George Evans and Joseph Mendes.

And the latter almost made an instant impact, getting his head to Pelle Clement's free-kick only for Preston keeper Maxwell to hold it.

The home side, though, were again looking more likely to score after the break, but Mannone's saves and some determined defending from Liam Moore gave Reading hope.

However, their attacking threat was summed up by efforts from debutant Leandro Bacuna and Evans, who both cleared the bar.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I'm extremely satisfied. I thought we were the better side and created numerous opportunities. The only disappointment is that it finished 1-0.

"It was an incredible effort from the lads. I thought they were top, top drawer.

"We worked extremely hard, our shape was excellent and we had a lot of individual great performances."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"If you play against a side like Preston you have to bring everything to the game including physique, pace, aggressiveness.

"Hopefully you can play your own game. We didn't get what we expected from it.

"I am not happy in how we played and what we did. We gave a lot of balls away and that brings them into the game to create opportunities."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14FisherBooked at 38mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 32Earl
  • 4PearsonBooked at 12mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forMavididiat 88'minutes
  • 10HarropSubstituted forBrowneat 72'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forRobinsonat 86'minutes
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 8Browne
  • 17Spurr
  • 25O'Connor
  • 27Mavididi
  • 28Hudson
  • 37Robinson

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2GunterBooked at 90mins
  • 5McShane
  • 6MooreBooked at 19mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 38KellySubstituted forMendesat 34'minutes
  • 19Bacuna
  • 17Barrow
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forEvansat 25'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 25Popa
  • 22ClementSubstituted forMcClearyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Beerens
  • 8Evans
  • 9Mendes
  • 12McCleary
  • 20Ilori
  • 21Quinn
  • 31Jaakkola
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
11,174

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Reading 0.

Booking

Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne with a headed pass.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Stephy Mavididi replaces Sean Maguire.

Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ben Pearson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Hugill.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

Attempt blocked. Adrian Popa (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Hugill with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Josh Harrop.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Offside, Reading. Tyler Blackett tries a through ball, but Adrian Popa is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Pelle Clement.

Attempt blocked. Ben Pearson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Joshua Earl (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. George Evans (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

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