Mayor Game Changer
Updated Saturday, 14th January 2012
The introduction of Danny Mayor before half time changed the match in favour of Preston as they gained more cohesion and shape allowing them to attack the opposition with intent.
North End changed their line up and formation for Alexander and Unsworth's last game in charged. They switched to a 4-3-3 with Parry and Jervis playing up front with Bunn making his debut just off the front two. Nicholson made a welcome return in midfield alongside Coutts and Barton.
The game was dull and lifeless for the first half an hour with both sides creating little. Stuckmann was forced into action the first and then Preston conceded from a mistake. Morgan failed to clear as the ball hit the back of his head allowing Wycombe to simply score.
Moments later the caretakers made a change as Preston looked narrow and ineffective. Mayor came on for Barton and Preston went to a 4-4-2 system with Parry dropping out to the wing giving more of a balance to the side.
Within minutes the change had worked with Mayor making a darting change resulting in a corner. THe ball was swung in and Harry Bunn scored on debut from a matter of yards out.
Preston went into the break level and emerged the second half as the stronger outfit. Another corner was swung in but this time Jervis converted from close range at the second attempt.
North End then looked to put the game to bed when Morgan was pushed in the box. Parry converted the penalty and Preston looked to be coasting with half an hour to go.
The game then changed when Smith was sent off for a second bookable offence. He easily has the worst discplinary record of any current Preston player and this is mainly due to his inefficiency to defend at left back.
Wycombe scored a late goal and with six minutes of added time Preston ran down the clock to pick up all three points with new boss Graham Westley watching on from the directors' box.