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Preston North End 0-1 Derby County

Preston midfielder Alan Browne dejected after missing a penalty
Alan Browne has scored two penalties for Preston this season, but failed to find the net from the spot against Derby

Tom Lawrence's free-kick was enough for victory at Preston as fifth-placed Derby ended an eight-game winless run.

Alan Browne's first-half penalty failure proved costly for North End, who missed the chance to leapfrog Derby into the Championship play-off places.

Browne hit the post from the spot after he had been fouled by Andre Wisdom.

A Derby side showing five changes from Friday's abject 4-1 home defeat by Sunderland did not have a shot at goal until Lawrence's 52nd-minute winner.

The Rams had slipped from second in the division in the two months since their previous victory and faced the prospect of dropping out of the top six had they not gained a positive result at Deepdale.

Preston enjoyed the better of the first half but Callum Robinson was the only player to test Scott Carson, the Derby goalkeeper saving his angled shot, while the former Aston Villa forward also headed and shot off target with further chances.

After Lawrence's goal, North End duo Paul Huntington and Paul Gallagher fired over with snapshots in the box, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Derby managed only two attempts at goal in the match, but should have extended their lead through substitute Kasey Palmer, who fired wide from 12 yards.

Preston boss Alex Neil:

"Alan Browne is devastated because he thinks he's let people down but the fact is without him, we would not be in the position we are in - I told him that.

"The players are gutted after the game. I have no complaints with my players.

"The one thing we are all disappointed by is that we didn't show that little bit of quality at times. I couldn't have asked for much more, though, from my team."

Derby boss Gary Rowett:

"I couldn't give a monkey's if it didn't look attractive. We tried to look attractive (against Sunderland) and ended up losing to the bottom team in the league.

"Hopefully this will give the players that little bit of breathing space to go and play with a bit more confidence.

"I just think psychologically today it was a huge result. For us, it didn't matter how we got it or how ugly the performance was."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14FisherBooked at 88mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 3Cunningham
  • 4PearsonBooked at 43mins
  • 12Gallagher
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forBodinat 73'minutes
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forMoultat 63'minutes
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forJohnsonat 79'minutes
  • 24Maguire

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 21Moult
  • 32Earl
  • 39Bodin

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 16Pearce
  • 33Davies
  • 12Baird
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36Ledley
  • 19Weimann
  • 23VydraSubstituted forPalmerat 74'minutes
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forHansonat 89'minutes
  • 28NugentBooked at 68minsSubstituted forJeromeat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 6Keogh
  • 7Palmer
  • 21Roos
  • 26Hanson
  • 32Jerome
  • 45Thomas
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
13,520

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home19
Away2
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 0, Derby County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Derby County 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Scott Carson tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Cameron Jerome replaces David Nugent.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Louis Moult tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

  10. Post update

    Alex Pearce (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Hanson replaces Tom Lawrence.

  12. Booking

    Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

  14. Post update

    Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Louis Moult.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Billy Bodin (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

As It Stood

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5Derby391714857381965
6Middlesbrough401891356391763
7Bristol City4016141056451162
8Millwall4016141050391162
9Sheff Utd40188145345862
10Preston401515104942760
11Brentford401513125647958
12Leeds39158165254-253
13Ipswich40158174951-253
14Norwich401313144250-852
15QPR401311164957-850
16Sheff Wed401114154854-647
17Nottm Forest39137194356-1346
18Hull39913175359-640
19Reading39912184557-1239
20Bolton39912183458-2439
21Birmingham39106232957-2836
22Barnsley39713193958-1934
23Sunderland40613214372-2931
24Burton40710232971-4231
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