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Preston North End 1-2 Hull City: Jackson Irvine scores first goals since September

Jackson Irvine
Jackson Irvine has scored five goals for Hull this season

Jackson Irvine scored twice to give his resurgent Hull City side victory at Preston North End in the Championship.

The Australia forward headed in Stephen Kingsley's floated cross for his first goal since 15 September to put the visitors in front at Deepdale.

Alan Browne equalised straight after the break with a superb curling effort from outside the box.

But Irvine scrambled in his second from a corner to earn the Tigers their fourth victory in five league matches.

Hull have now taken 21 points from a possible 30 having won just two of their opening 14 league games and are nine points from both the play-offs and relegation zone in 15th.

Preston, who only have one fit striker in Lukas Nmecha, registered 22 shots on goal, but lacked a clinical edge.

Tom Barkhuizen sent a couple of chances wide either side of Browne's 25-yard strike, while Hull's defenders snuffed out several decent opportunities as they held on for victory.

Preston have now lost successive games following Saturday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, with a home match to finish 2018 to come against Aston Villa.

Hull end their year with a visit to Championship leaders Leeds United on Saturday.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"Both teams played the same way with the same formation. They did it because they're away from home and we did it because we're lacking in numbers at the top end of the pitch.

"I'm not really happy with how we performed in the first half. I thought we didn't carry much effort.

"We made some changes at half-time to make the game more open and go heavy at the top end of the pitch but we were vulnerable to the counter-attack.

"The second goal we conceded was really poor. It was a corner, we misjudge it and it ends up under the bar and it gets bundled over the line at the back post - that's really frustrating."

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We knew it was going to be really challenging. They're a big, physical side and we knew it was going to be very competitive.

"The first half was good. I thought we played some good football, passed it about and the first goal was a super goal.

"At half-time, the first thing we said was that our biggest threat was complacency. I was disappointed with the goal we conceded.

"To be fair to the players, we weathered that period and looked a massive threat ourselves. We got the winner and then saw it out at the end."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forFisherat 83'minutes
  • 23Huntington
  • 6DaviesSubstituted forStoreyat 35'minutes
  • 16Hughes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 11Johnson
  • 19BurkeSubstituted forLedsonat 45'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 45Nmecha

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 13Crowe
  • 14Storey
  • 15Woods
  • 18Ledson
  • 27Simpson
  • 33Walker

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 17Kane
  • 35Elphick
  • 4de Wijs
  • 23Kingsley
  • 20BowenSubstituted forLichajat 90+6'minutes
  • 22HenriksenBooked at 67mins
  • 6Stewart
  • 14GrosickiSubstituted forBurkeat 90+3'minutes
  • 16Irvine
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forMartinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 9Dicko
  • 12Long
  • 18Batty
  • 27McKenzie
  • 29Martin
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
14,026

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamHull
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home22
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Hull City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Hull City 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Eric Lichaj replaces Jarrod Bowen.

Attempt missed. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darnell Fisher with a cross.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Tommy Elphick (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Reece Burke replaces Kamil Grosicki.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin Stewart.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Storey (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kamil Grosicki (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

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

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chris Martin replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Darnell Fisher replaces Tom Clarke.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Hull City 2. Jackson Irvine (Hull City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Elphick following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Jackson Irvine (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Huntington.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Todd Kane (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki with a cross.

Booking

Markus Henriksen (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Clarke with a cross.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jordy de Wijs.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Hughes.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Markus Henriksen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich24146444291548
3West Brom24136552312145
4Sheff Utd24125739281141
5Middlesbrough2410952517839
6Derby2411673328539
7Birmingham24910537271037
8QPR2411493132-137
9Aston Villa249964637936
10Nottm Forest2481243526936
11Stoke2481063029134
12Bristol City248882928132
13Swansea2495102928132
14Blackburn2471073137-631
15Hull2486102833-530
16Sheff Wed2486103040-1030
17Preston2477103640-428
18Brentford2468103535026
19Wigan2474132335-1225
20Millwall2457122939-1022
21Rotherham24410102339-1622
22Bolton2456131732-1521
23Reading2447132737-1019
24Ipswich2429131941-2215
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