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Burton Albion 1-2 Preston North End

Tom Clarke
Tom Clarke scored in just his fourth game of the season following an Achilles injury

Burton slumped to their seventh straight home defeat as Preston skipper Tom Clarke scored at the Pirelli Stadium for the second season running.

Clarke put the Lilywhites ahead, stabbing in at the second attempt from Paul Gallagher's corner.

Daryl Horgan doubled the lead, firing in when Tom Barkhuizen's deflected shot dropped into his path.

Lucas Akins finished from inside the area for the hosts in stoppage time, but North End were worthy winners.

Preston had the better of the few first-half chances created, with Callum Robinson's effort from a tight angle cleared off the line by John Brayford.

The game finally sprang to life in the final 20 minutes after Clarke's opener as Chris Maxwell denied Akins a headed equaliser from Matthew Palmer's cross.

But Preston could have won by more as Stephen Bywater made an excellent stop to deny Horgan when one-on-one before Robinson and Gallagher both struck the post.

Burton have now picked up just five points from their last 12 matches, with nine defeats in that sequence, and remain bottom of the table.

Preston stay in 10th place, but within five points of the play-off places after their third win in four.

Burton boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby:

"We felt two decisions today changed the course of the game. We thought it was a clear foul on Ben Turner before the first goal and then we should have had a penalty awarded for a handball moments later. We're disappointed.

"I think the players gave us everything in terms of effort but it's just not quite enough at the moment.

"I thought they started the second half well and then we came back into it but we just can't get a break in either penalty area.

"I think the way it's looking our home run could go on."

Preston boss Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The one thing we were conscious of is that we didn't want to turn it into a fight for the full game.

"The substitutes coming on gave us fresh legs and more pace to get in behind and they struggled to deal with that as time went on.

"The supporters will be delighted with the last 30 minutes. We've won three out of four and hopefully we can keep that run going."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 2BrayfordBooked at 85mins
  • 23BuxtonBooked at 53mins
  • 6TurnerBooked at 47minsSubstituted forVarneyat 81'minutes
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Naylor
  • 7MurphySubstituted forSbarraat 72'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forScannellat 62'minutes
  • 19Palmer
  • 11Dyer
  • 10Akins

Substitutes

  • 3Warnock
  • 4Allen
  • 5McFadzean
  • 9Scannell
  • 13Ripley
  • 16Varney
  • 26Sbarra

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forO'Connorat 80'minutes
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 14FisherBooked at 21mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 12GallagherBooked at 89mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forHorganat 63'minutes
  • 37Robinson
  • 9HugillSubstituted forHarropat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 6Boyle
  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 25O'Connor
  • 27Mavididi
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
3,659

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Preston North End 2.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Preston North End 2. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion).

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Joe Sbarra (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Booking

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Attempt blocked. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Booking

John Brayford (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Brayford (Burton Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 0, Preston North End 2. Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Ben Turner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin O'Connor replaces Tom Clarke.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Clarke with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Clarke with a headed pass.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross.

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Sbarra replaces Luke Murphy.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

Attempt saved. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

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