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Stoke City 0-2 Preston North End: Alex Neil's side punish poor Potters

Alan Browne.
Alan Browne drills home Preston's opening goal at Stoke

Alan Browne's 10th goal of the season helped earn Preston back-to-back away victories as Alex Neil's side saw off subdued Stoke.

Midfielder Browne fired home from the edge of the box to give North End a deserved half-time lead.

Ben Davies' goal-line clearance from Sam Clucas preserved their advantage before Brad Potts' cool finish sealed the points for Preston.

Stoke could have pulled one back in stoppage time but North End keeper Declan Rudd tipped Clucas' penalty onto the bar to cap a miserable day for the Potters.

Preston - who climbed to 16th with the win, one place and two points below Stoke - almost went in front inside three minutes when Paul Gallagher's 20-yarder was tipped wide by Jack Butland.

The England stopper was unable to prevent Browne continuing his hot scoring streak though - the midfielder has now netted as many goals in 25 games this season as he had in his previous 111 matches.

Stoke, without Charlie Adam through injury, lacked creativity throughout and looked a different side to the one that beat league leaders Leeds a week earlier.

But that victory remains their only win in their past seven league games and Rudd's late penalty save denied them even a consolation after Potts' foul on Oghenekaro Etebo.

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It just shows our inconsistency at the moment and we need to find consistency in performance.

"I didn't change too much from last week (beating Leeds 2-1) as the players deserved to go forward with that, but we didn't start well, keep the ball well enough, impose ourselves.

"I thought we lacked a little bit of energy and that just shows the inconsistency they've had all season and we have to improve on that.

"We've picked a good enough side to go out there and play well and we didn't really do that. We have to be better than that."

Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"To be honest, it was a continuation of what we did at QPR really (a 4-1 away win last Saturday).

"I thought we were great, moved the ball really well. We showed real bravery throughout the game, even after going 1-0 up.

"We made Stoke really change their shape before half-time, which I think was a real compliment to us."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 5Williams
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 2Bauer
  • 8Etebo
  • 4Allen
  • 22ClucasBooked at 31mins
  • 12TymonSubstituted forSorensenat 43'minutes
  • 26CampbellSubstituted forMcCleanat 61'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ince
  • 11McClean
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 30Edwards
  • 32Federici
  • 33Sorensen

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 14Storey
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 86mins
  • 44Potts
  • 8Browne
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forNmechaat 81'minutes
  • 20StockleySubstituted forBarkhuizenat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Earl
  • 11Johnson
  • 18Ledson
  • 23Huntington
  • 25Ripley
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 45Nmecha
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
25,053

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Preston North End 2.

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

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

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

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

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Moritz Bauer (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Penalty saved! Sam Clucas (Stoke City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Brad Potts (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Stoke City. Peter Etebo draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

Booking

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James McClean (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

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

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

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha replaces Sean Maguire.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 0, Preston North End 2. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Maguire following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Stoke City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by James McClean with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Paul Gallagher because of an injury.

Delay in match Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Moritz Bauer.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds29176649311857
2Norwich29159554381654
3Sheff Utd29156848311751
4West Brom28148657352250
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Blackburn29111084041-143
9Nottm Forest29101274233942
10Aston Villa29101275346742
11Swansea28117103732540
12Hull29117114138340
13Birmingham2891274033739
14QPR28116113439-539
15Stoke2991193337-438
16Preston2999114545036
17Sheff Wed2898113345-1235
18Brentford28810104339434
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan2985162944-1529
21Rotherham29510142848-2025
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich2939172350-2718
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