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Preston North End 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Ben Brereton celebrates his goal against Preston
Ben Brereton's goal at Deepdale was his second this season and the fifth of his short career

Paul Huntington's long-range strike earned Preston a point as Nottingham Forest drew in the Championship for the first time in 30 matches.

An open game failed to produce a goal until just before the hour when Ben Brereton started and finished a slick move to slot the visitors ahead.

But Preston responded impressively and centre-back Huntington levelled with a fine low strike.

Both sides pushed for a winner but neither could create a telling chance.

Forest's last Championship game without a winner also came against Preston, a 1-1 draw in April last season.

The visitors had to withstand an impressive early barrage, with Jordan Hugill and Huntington both having good chances.

Forest grew in confidence and Kieran Dowell had a strike well saved by Chris Maxwell.

Their improvement was rewarded when Brereton dribbled the ball out of defence and, after great work by Liam Bridcutt and Dowell, coolly finished under Maxwell.

But Huntington struck to keep Preston within a point of the play-off spots prior to Aston Villa's evening kick-off against Sheffield United.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"I thought we played better today than we have in some of our recent wins here, just our quality of ball at times was poor.

"We lacked a bit of incisiveness in the final third. We relied on a centre-back to come and score us a goal.

"For the opportunities we had and the pressure we put on we deserved to win the game."

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:

"It was almost like we got the goal and we stopped doing what we do well.

"That's the time we needed to do more and we let them get back into the game.

"But it's a tough place to come, they have some quality players and are well managed so we should be delighted with the point."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 25O'Connor
  • 4PearsonBooked at 86mins
  • 12GallagherBooked at 89mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forHarropat 62'minutes
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHorganat 59'minutes
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 6Boyle
  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 19Welsh
  • 27Mavididi

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 43Smith
  • 2Lichaj
  • 42Worrall
  • 4Mancienne
  • 11OsbornBooked at 68mins
  • 7BridcuttBooked at 42mins
  • 24VaughanBooked at 31minsSubstituted forBouchalakisat 84'minutes
  • 17BreretonBooked at 49minsSubstituted forWardat 62'minutes
  • 20Dowell
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forCashat 63'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 6Traore
  • 10McKay
  • 14Cash
  • 16Clough
  • 19Ward
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
13,481

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Huntington with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Dowell with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

  13. Booking

    Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

  15. Post update

    Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Harrop.

  17. Post update

    Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Booking

    Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves23173343172654
2Cardiff23145433181547
3Derby23135538211744
4Bristol City23128337241344
5Leeds2312383526939
6Aston Villa2310853122938
7Sheff Utd2312293629738
8Preston239952723436
9Middlesbrough2310583023735
10Ipswich23112103733435
11Fulham238872929032
12Brentford2371063531431
13Nottm Forest23101123338-531
14Reading2376102930-127
15Sheff Wed236982729-227
16Norwich2376102230-827
17Millwall236892425-126
18QPR236892634-826
19Hull2357113741-422
20Barnsley2356122536-1121
21Burton2355131641-2520
22Sunderland23310102839-1119
23Bolton2347122341-1819
24Birmingham2345141233-2117
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