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Preston North End 2-1 Hull City: Lilywhites boost play-off bid with victory

Preston's Paul Gallagher
Paul Gallagher fired home from the spot

Two goals in four minutes by Paul Gallagher and Alan Browne enabled Preston to come from a goal down and beat Hull to get their play-off bid back on course.

Hull took the lead five minutes before half-time through Mallik Wilks' third goal for the club, but the visitors saw their lead disappear in four second-half minutes.

Darnell Fisher was brought down inside the box and Gallagher made no mistake in firing home the equaliser from the spot.

Then second-half substitute Browne met Jayden Stockley's cross from the left to head Preston into a lead they protected to the final whistle.

Victory saw Preston bounce back from a rare home defeat to Millwall last week and extend their cushion inside the play-offs to three points.

But for a while there was frustration at Deepdale as Wilks opened the scoring, meeting Callum's Elder's cross from a short-corner to guide a header into the corner of the net.

Preston manager Alex Neil conceded his positive substitutions contributed to last Saturday's loss, but this time his changes had the desired effect.

With 25 minutes remaining, Fisher, back after a hamstring injury, was brought down in the box by Josh Magennis and Gallagher drilled in to level.

And the comeback was completed four minutes later as Stockley's cross found Browne who, less than 15 minutes after being brought on, headed in his fifth goal of the season.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"What I thought we lacked in the first half was a bit of bravery. When we did move the ball we moved it too slowly, when we tried to play it forward, instead of playing into spaces we were just turning it because there's no risk attached to that pass. I thought we moved it far, far better in the second half.

"If you watch Fulham, Brentford, West Brom, any of the top teams, they go and outplay teams. If we resort to just banging it forward and hopefully playing in their half, it's not going to be enough.

"I try and remove the performance from the result. Because I believe if you play well enough, often enough, you will get your results. If you're not playing well enough, even though you're scraping wins, you'll get found out."

Hull City head coach Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought the performance, for an away performance, was good on the whole. For probably 10 or 15 minutes they upped the ante a little bit.

"We switched off for the second goal [and] we had spoken at half time about people getting in between us and being a bit more compact.

"The first goal is embarrassing, really, the way Fisher has thrown himself to the floor is scary. We're frustrated because up to that point we were largely in control. After that, the [second] goal is good from their point of view but a poor one from us."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4Pearson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forPottsat 89'minutes
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 10Harrop
  • 31SinclairSubstituted forStockleyat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forBrowneat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 8Browne
  • 15Rafferty
  • 20Stockley
  • 25Ripley
  • 35Nugent
  • 44Potts

Hull

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Long
  • 25PenningtonBooked at 81mins
  • 5Burke
  • 4de WijsBooked at 90mins
  • 26ElderSubstituted forMaddisonat 90+6'minutes
  • 37Da Silva Lopes
  • 36Irvine
  • 43Wilks
  • 18HoneymanBooked at 56minsSubstituted forBaloghat 77'minutes
  • 27Magennis
  • 9EavesSubstituted forToralat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Stewart
  • 10Toral
  • 11Maddison
  • 13Ingram
  • 16McKenzie
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 24Balogh
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
12,342

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamHull
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

  5. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Marcus Maddison replaces Callum Elder.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Reece Burke tries a through ball, but Leonardo Da Silva Lopes is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Harrop with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by George Long.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  11. Booking

    Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordy de Wijs (Hull City).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Norbert Balogh (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

  17. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Brad Potts replaces Paul Gallagher.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Jon Toral tries a through ball, but Mallik Wilks is caught offside.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

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2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
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