Firing Blanks

Last updated : 24 January 2021 By @pnemad

The Sky television cameras were ready for an early Sunday kick off at Deepdale but the amount of attacking action throughout the game was limited on both fronts.

Preston started the brightest of the two sides with Sinclair having a shot from range saved. Potts had a shot from an acute angle which went wide whilst Iversen was fairly comfortable in the home goal.

The best chance for Preston came just before the break when Riis managed to fashion a chance inside the box. He managed to shoot at goal through a number of bodies but the keeper saved.

Reading had the better of the chances after the break. Iversen was called into action a couple of times. The save of the match came when he instinctly dived to stop a close range defelcted header. It would have been ruled out for offisde if the ball had hit the net but Iversen was not to know that.

The talking point of the game came late on. Rafferty who was a late addition to the starting line up due to an injury to Hughes which flared up in the warm up pulled down Joao inside the box.

Joao got up to take the penalty but dragged his shot wide past the post. It probably summed up the match in terms of attacking intent and a point was probably the most each team deserved.

The positives were that Preston looked more solid and Iversen is definitely a more than capable player at this level. North End, as usual, stil have difficulties in breaking teams down.

It has been an inconsistent season so far for Preston and Neil will be looking to improve on the first half of the campaign with mixed results thus far which sees them sitting in midtable