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Preston North End 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Helder Costa celebrates his goal for Wolves
Portuguese winger Helder Costa has scored in successive league matches for Wolves

Championship leaders Wolves came from behind to draw with 10-man Preston North End at Deepdale.

Shortly after striking the post, Alan Browne put Preston ahead with a header from a Callum Robinson corner.

But North End had John Welsh sent off for a second bookable offence, leaving the hosts with 10 men for 31 minutes.

Wolves equalised quickly, Ivan Cavaleiro setting up Helder Costa to slot home, but the visitors were denied a fourth successive victory.

Substitute Benik Afobe had the best opportunity for a Wolves winner, but he was denied by Preston goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

Wanderers' lead at the top of the Championship was reduced to 11 points, while play-off chasers Preston have lost only once in 16 league matches and are two points off the top six.

The reverse fixture in October, which Wolves won 3-2, sparked into life after a quiet first 45 minutes and the game at Deepdale followed a similar pattern.

Browne, who was sent off in the match at Molineux, had a more positive impact on his home ground to nod in the opener.

But the game hinged on Welsh's red card, shown following fouls on Diogo Jota and Cavaleiro either side of the interval, and Wolves took control from then on.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"In the first half we limited Wolves to not many chances, but I thought we had one ingredient missing in the first half which was a bit of belief that we could beat them.

"That was the basis of my half-time team talk. We started the second half on the front foot, we got our goal.

"What would have been really good would have been to keep 11 men on the pitch and see how the game transpired. At that stage I was really confident that we would have gone on to win the game."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo:

"Everybody thought that we were closer to winning the game, but playing against one man less requires a different approach. I think we created enough chances to win it, but we have to have a different approach and it's something we have to look at.

"In the same way, we have to look at set-pieces because we were in control of the game and we concede from a set-piece.

"I am not happy with the result because we prepare every game to win. We need to look at what happened today and get better."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 14FisherBooked at 31mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 32Earl
  • 19WelshBooked at 59mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forHarropat 88'minutes
  • 39Bodin
  • 8Browne
  • 29BarkhuizenBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMoultat 88'minutes
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHorganat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 15Woods
  • 17Spurr
  • 21Moult
  • 22Maxwell
  • 35O'Reilly

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 4A N'DiayeSubstituted forAfobeat 62'minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 3Douglas
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forSaissat 81'minutes
  • 18Jota
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forBonatiniat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Batth
  • 19Afobe
  • 24Gibbs-White
  • 25Miranda
  • 27Saiss
  • 31Norris
  • 33Bonatini
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
18,570

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Daniel Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Louis Moult replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss replaces Hélder Costa.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Barry Douglas tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan replaces Callum Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces Alfred N'Diaye.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Booking

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to John Welsh (Preston North End) for a bad foul.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Attempt blocked. Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Bodin.

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves32226457243372
2Cardiff32187748272161
3Aston Villa32178748291959
4Derby321610648262258
5Fulham321510754361855
6Bristol City31141074536952
7Preston32121463931850
8Sheff Utd31154124437749
9Middlesbrough321461240301048
10Brentford32121194540547
11Leeds31135134239344
12Ipswich31135134341244
13Norwich31128113134-344
14Millwall321012103734342
15QPR32109133544-939
16Sheff Wed32813113438-437
17Nottm Forest32113183550-1536
18Reading3188153441-732
19Birmingham3286182244-2230
20Bolton3279162851-2330
21Hull31611144247-529
22Barnsley31610153045-1528
23Sunderland32511163457-2326
24Burton3268182458-3426
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