Wet and Drab Afternoon For Preston

Last updated : 05 December 2021 By @pnemad

It was standard conditions at Blackburn with the rain coming down in droves and the wind making for a difficult playing surface which stopped the ball from rolling in certain parts.

Olosunde finally made his debut at wing back after signing in the summer but he did not last the ninety minutes which was to be expected. It is unclear if he exited in the second half through injury or just fatigue.

Preston actually adapated to the conditions the better of the two sides in the first half but they rarely troubled the home defence. In reality it was a game of poor quality all round.

The home side started the second half brighter than the first. The one bit of quality in the game came when Khedra whipped in a ball which Brererton Diaz headed home.

North End were never going to come back to equalise. Changes were made and they got into promising positions especially down the left but Earl was unable to put in a fruitful cross all afternoon leading to much frustration.

The only moment of opportunity for Preston came when a cross was put in and hit the hand of Nyambe. It was a clear handball but the referee who had been pedantic all game about the exact spot of free kicks waved away the shouts from the Preston players.

Preston were poor and never looked like threatening. It is usually a sell out when travelling away to Ewood Park but just over 4,000 fans made the short journey which showed the massive disconnect between the club and fans at Preston.

The club are drifting. Blackburn are not a good side but at present sit comfortably in the play offs. North End are lucky not to be in a relegation scrap due to points deductions and some poor sides. The club needs leadership from top down and until changes are made the club will continue to sleepwalk through the season.