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Preston North End 1-0 Sheffield United

Jordan Hugill celebrates scoring the only goal of the game as Preston beat Sheffield United
Jordan Hugill has scored nine goals in 22 appearances for Preston this season

Jordan Hugill scored the only goal of the game as Preston beat promotion-chasing Sheffield United at Deepdale.

Preston had the better first-half chances, with Callum Robinson having a shot saved and Paul Gallagher hitting the bar with a free-kick.

Hugill gave the hosts a deserved lead when he volleyed in Robinson's delivery from the centre of the box.

The Blades improved after falling behind but were unable to test keeper Chris Maxwell in the closing stages.

Chris Wilder's side have now lost three successive games to slip away from the automatic promotion places, but they remain inside the top six in their first season following promotion from League One.

Preston, meanwhile, have won three of their past four games and are only two points behind the Blades in ninth place.

The hosts' only concern from the game will be the fitness of full-back Darnell Fisher, who was replaced in the first-half after picking up a leg injury.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"It's been a good spell for us. We've come up against a lot of different challenges so we are delighted with what we have done.

"Sheffield United are a really difficult team to play against. I felt at half-time we hadn't moved the ball well enough and a couple of individuals could give a bit more and they gave us that second half, which is why we won the game.

"We have a plan A, B, C and D, and the players can slip into different shapes quite easily. I have a young clever squad who are hungry and want to learn."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"I don't like the spike that's appeared in the team over the last few weeks. I don't enjoy it. I am one for a consistent approach and performances and we are not getting it.

"I think some of them may have taken their eye off the ball a little bit. If that's the case they (had) better get ready for the consequences of taking their eye off the ball.

"There have been a lot of plaudits gone to the club and to the players and the staff, so we have to find an answer. Whether that's personnel or my attitude towards them, we have to find a way."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 14FisherSubstituted forO'Connorat 28'minutes
  • 12GallagherBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBrowneat 77'minutes
  • 4Pearson
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 87mins
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHarropat 77'minutes
  • 9Hugill
  • 29Barkhuizen

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 6Boyle
  • 7Horgan
  • 8Browne
  • 10Harrop
  • 25O'Connor
  • 27Mavididi

Sheff Utd

  • 1Moore
  • 16Carter-VickersSubstituted forDonaldsonat 69'minutes
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2BaldockSubstituted forLaffertyat 58'minutes
  • 7Lundstram
  • 6Basham
  • 44CarruthersSubstituted forSlaterat 75'minutes
  • 3Stevens
  • 9Clarke
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 11Donaldson
  • 13Wright
  • 22Lavery
  • 23Heneghan
  • 24Lafferty
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Slater
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
15,202

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Regan Slater.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

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

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Hand ball by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Callum Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Regan Slater replaces Samir Carruthers.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Clayton Donaldson replaces Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Kevin O'Connor (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Sheffield United 0. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Daniel Lafferty replaces George Baldock.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Samir Carruthers.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen following a fast break.

goal

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