Preston North End 1-1 Queens Park Rangers
Doyle 90+2 Polter 5
A late goal from Cardiff loanee Eoin Doyle meant that Preston grabbed a deserved point after being on the brink of defeat on Saturday afternoon at Deepdale.
In a game between two sides sat next to each other in the Championship table, QPR had a dream start taking the lead within the first five minutes of the game. Sebastian Polter make a good run in the box, and headed home the corner at ease as no-one picked up his run.
Preston grew into the game shortly after the goal, with some notable chances. Adam Reach shot wide for the hosts, and Jordan Hugill had a shot that deflected off a defender and tested keeper Alex Smithies in the ten minutes following the goal.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side didn’t have many chances at all in the first half following their early goal, despite looking threatening in the final third. Their only chance of any significance came when Junior Hoilett had a shot well saved by Anders Lindegaard in the Preston goal in the 25th minute.
The home side dominated for most of the first half, but didn’t really have the finishing product when called upon. They did a few chances to equalise just before the break, but Daniel Johnson and Paul Gallagher both shot wide and Callum Robinson found himself offside twice. QPR went in leading 1-0 at the half-time break.
Early in the second half the home side continued to dominate possession, but there weren’t any chances of significance in the opening fifteen minutes.
In the 62nd minute however QPR came very close to scoring when Sebastian Polter’s shot from the left hand side across the face of the goal hit the post, and then Nedum Onuoha hit the ball over the bar.
Shortly afterwards Jordan Hugill had a half chance for Preston, when Calum Woods put a long ball into the box and the young forward attempted to meet it with an aerial volley but he didn’t time his jump well enough to connect with it.
A major turning point came in the 83rd minute of the game when Tjaronn Chery found himself one-on-one with Anders Lindegaard for the visitors. It looked almost certain that Chery would score, but the former Manchester United keeper managed to make himself big enough to keep out the danger allowing the defence to end the move by putting the ball out of play.
This instilled belief in Simon Grayson’s men that they could go out and get an equaliser, as they piled men forward. They got what they deserved in the second minute of added time, when Eoin Doyle netted an equaliser. Left-back Greg Cunningham had a cracking first touch, and this allowed him to take the ball into a good position and cross the ball into the path of substitute Doyle who headed home from close range to send the home fans wild.
There were still three minutes left of added time, and Preston came close to taking all three points. It was Doyle who connected with another good ball, but this time his header went straight into the hands of Alex Smithies.
Both sides may have felt that they could’ve got more out of the game with the chances that they both had, but a draw seemed a fair result in the end.
Preston North End: Lindegaard, Woods, Clarke(c), Wright, Cunningham, Pearson (Doyle 61), Gallagher, Johnson, Robinson (Welsh 79), Reach (Beckford 85), Hugill.
Subs not used: Kirkland, Vermijl, Kilkenny, Smith.
Booked: Clarke and Beckford
Queens Park Rangers: Smithies, Onuoha(c), Angella, Hill, Perch, Henry, Faurlin, Mackie (Luongo 78), Chery (Hall 89), Hoilett (El Khayati 90+3), Polter.
Subs not used: Ingham, Washington, Tozser, Petrasso.
Booked: Angella, Faurlin, Hoilett and Hall.