Championship
Preston1Sheff Wed0

Preston North End 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Joe Garner
Joe Garner scored 27 goals as Preston won promotion from League One last season, but has found goals harder to come by in the Championship

Preston moved into the Championship's top 10 after Joe Garner's goal saw them beat 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker Garner powerfully headed Calum Woods' cross past Keiren Westwood for his fourth goal of the season - and his first since December.

Six minutes before that, Wednesday's top-scorer Fernando Forestieri was sent off for a second yellow card.

The Italian was booked for a dive early in the second half before being penalised for a deliberate handball.

The loss was Wednesday's first in the league since 28 December and they dropped to sixth in the table, six points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Garner's aerial prowess caused Wednesday problems throughout the match and he forced Westwood into a fine save midway through the first half and had a decent appeal for a penalty turned down soon after the break when he appeared to be pushed in the back

Daniel Pudil missed a good chance to give Wednesday the lead after an hour when he shot over from close range, while Tom Clarke's last-ditch tackle denied Lucas Joao from close range as the Owls searched for a late equaliser.

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"We're delighted, we knew it would be a tough test for us.

"We challenged the players to get a win to kick off this week with three games. Every single one of them carried out the plan we've worked on all week.

"When we had to defend we defended and we limited a top team to not having a shot on target."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"The first yellow card is unbelievable because it was a clear foul to us and he gives a yellow to Fernando. If he doesn't go down he will be in front of goal in the area with a very clear chance to score. For me he didn't dive in that moment because if he did it was not a good choice. He blocked him.

"I am happy with the attitude of our players, they tried to win the game, but we are unhappy with the score of course.

"The fans were amazing again, the game was balanced, we both created chances and in the second half we looked as though we would score but the red card changed the game. Even with 10 players we took risks and the players fought until the last second to try and win the game."

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Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6WrightBooked at 57mins
  • 15WoodsBooked at 42mins
  • 16Browne
  • 11Johnson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forPearsonat 88'minutes
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 59mins
  • 32Reach
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forHugillat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Pearson
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 13Doyle
  • 19Welsh
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32HuntSubstituted forMatiasat 85'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 23Sasso
  • 36PudilBooked at 90mins
  • 33Wallace
  • 20LeeSubstituted forMcGuganat 77'minutes
  • 41BannanBooked at 30mins
  • 45ForestieriBooked at 66mins
  • 14Hooper
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Turner
  • 7Matias
  • 10McGugan
  • 12Bennett
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21López
  • 34Price
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
16,923

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Booking

Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Ben Pearson (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

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

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Joe Garner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ben Pearson replaces Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Marco Matias replaces Jack Hunt.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Garner.

Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Pudil with a cross.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lewis McGugan replaces Kieran Lee.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Calum Woods with a cross.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bailey Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) for hand ball.

Hand ball by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Booking

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull31186747192860
2Burnley321611550262459
3Middlesbrough30177639162358
4Brighton32151254134757
5Derby321412643281554
6Sheff Wed321411749341553
7Cardiff32121374234849
8Birmingham3113993830848
9Ipswich3113994039148
10Preston32111293029145
11Nottm Forest31101293127442
12QPR32913103839-140
13Wolves321010124043-340
14Brentford32117144351-840
15Huddersfield32108144344-138
16Reading31910123333037
17Leeds31813102934-537
18Fulham32811135053-335
19Blackburn30713102827134
20Bristol City32810142948-1934
21MK Dons3287172544-1931
22Rotherham3275203657-2126
23Bolton32413153153-2225
24Charlton32510172659-3325
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