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Preston North End 1-1 Aston Villa: Ahmed Elmohamady own goal earns point for Lilywhites

Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham
Striker Tammy Abraham has scored 10 goals in his last nine games for Aston Villa

An own goal by Ahmed Elmohamady gave Preston a deserved first point of the festive period as they drew with play-off hopefuls Aston Villa.

Jordan Storey struck the crossbar early on for North End, but they fell behind just before half-time as Tammy Abraham headed his 14th goal of the season from Glenn Whelan's corner.

Lukas Nmecha forced Orjan Nyland to save with his legs as Preston looked for an early response, and the striker's presence meant Elmohamady could only turn a cross into his own net soon after.

Both sides had opportunities as the game opened up, but Tom Barkhuizen went closest to a winner for Preston when he hit the post after rounding keeper Nyland.

The draw left Villa in ninth place, five points outside the play-off places, with Preston - who lost their two previous games - remaining 17th.

Dean Smith named an unchanged side as Villa looked to continue a run which had seen them lose only once in their previous nine games, while Preston had to manage without injured Ben Davies and Alan Browne.

Abraham's goal provided an upbeat finish to a first half in which both sides struggled to create clear openings following Storey's early effort, though Graham Burke's volley was saved at point-blank range by Nyland.

North End were initially the stronger side after the break, with Barkhuizen also having a header cleared off the line, but Declan Rudd was the busier keeper after they had equalised, doing well to keep out efforts by Anwar El Ghazi and Birkir Bjarnason.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"Since I've been here, we've put in a lot of important performances in big games but for this one, against a side that has expectations of being in the Premier League, everything came together.

"When you look at our starting line-up and the young players involved, this is probably as proud as I've been since I came here.

"The effort, the quality we showed and our approach to the game were all excellent. The only disappointing thing is that we didn't win the game, as I thought we deserved to win.

"The players rolled up their sleeves and showed what they can do, particularly in the second half, and I am really pleased with that."

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith:

"We did not deserve to win based on the amount of big chances that we gave away. I thought that defensively we weren't great, and on the ball also.

"We played well in the first half in certain elements but every time we got forward, the ball was turned over and they created a chance.

"They created numerous chances with simple balls over the top and we didn't deal with that. I know we have issues with defenders out injured and we had three right-backs playing, but we have to deal with this type of play better.

"They've had big chances but so have we, in the late stages. We had a great chance right at the end with Bjarnason, for example."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forFisherat 85'minutes
  • 14Storey
  • 23Huntington
  • 16Hughes
  • 18Ledson
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 52mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 19BurkeSubstituted forO'Reillyat 90'minutes
  • 12GallagherBooked at 59minsSubstituted forWalkerat 90+2'minutes
  • 45Nmecha

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 13Crowe
  • 15Woods
  • 27Simpson
  • 30Baxter
  • 32O'Reilly
  • 33Walker

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 16Bree
  • 5Chester
  • 21HuttonBooked at 70mins
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forBjarnasonat 75'minutes
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 14Hourihane
  • 7McGinn
  • 11BolasieSubstituted forAdomahat 68'minutes
  • 18AbrahamBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 9Hogan
  • 17Davis
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 26Kodjia
  • 31Bunn
  • 37Adomah
  • 39Revan
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
19,126

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Aston Villa 1.

Foul by Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ethan Walker replaces Paul Gallagher.

Attempt saved. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Adam O'Reilly replaces Graham Burke.

Attempt missed. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

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

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Graham Burke (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Birkir Bjarnason.

Attempt missed. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Glenn Whelan.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tammy Abraham.

Foul by James Bree (Aston Villa).

Graham Burke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Offside, Aston Villa. John McGinn tries a through ball, but Anwar El Ghazi is caught offside.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tammy Abraham.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Graham Burke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Yannick Bolasie.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Offside, Preston North End. Tom Barkhuizen tries a through ball, but Lukas Nmecha is caught offside.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Bree.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Ledson with a through ball.

goal

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