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Preston North End 1-0 Reading

Jordan Hugill
Jordan Hugill netted Preston's winner against Reading

Jordan Hugill's well-taken goal was enough for Preston to beat Reading at Deepdale.

The decisive moment came midway through the first half, as Sean Maguire nodded into the path of Hugill, who chested down before firing in.

Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone made saves from Maguire, Tom Barkhuizen and Stephy Mavididi to keep his side in it.

The Royals went closest when Joseph Mendes' header from a free-kick was saved by Chris Maxwell.

Having already gone a goal down, Reading were also forced into two substitutions before half-time with midfielders John Swift and Liam Kelly limping off and replaced by George Evans and Joseph Mendes.

And the latter almost made an instant impact, getting his head to Pelle Clement's free-kick only for Preston keeper Maxwell to hold it.

The home side, though, were again looking more likely to score after the break, but Mannone's saves and some determined defending from Liam Moore gave Reading hope.

However, their attacking threat was summed up by efforts from debutant Leandro Bacuna and Evans, who both cleared the bar.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I'm extremely satisfied. I thought we were the better side and created numerous opportunities. The only disappointment is that it finished 1-0.

"It was an incredible effort from the lads. I thought they were top, top drawer.

"We worked extremely hard, our shape was excellent and we had a lot of individual great performances."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"If you play against a side like Preston you have to bring everything to the game including physique, pace, aggressiveness.

"Hopefully you can play your own game. We didn't get what we expected from it.

"I am not happy in how we played and what we did. We gave a lot of balls away and that brings them into the game to create opportunities."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14FisherBooked at 38mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 32Earl
  • 4PearsonBooked at 12mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forMavididiat 88'minutes
  • 10HarropSubstituted forBrowneat 72'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forRobinsonat 86'minutes
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 8Browne
  • 17Spurr
  • 25O'Connor
  • 27Mavididi
  • 28Hudson
  • 37Robinson

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Mannone
  • 2GunterBooked at 90mins
  • 5McShane
  • 6MooreBooked at 19mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 38KellySubstituted forMendesat 34'minutes
  • 19Bacuna
  • 17Barrow
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forEvansat 25'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 25Popa
  • 22ClementSubstituted forMcClearyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Beerens
  • 8Evans
  • 9Mendes
  • 12McCleary
  • 20Ilori
  • 21Quinn
  • 31Jaakkola
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
11,174

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Reading 0.

  3. Booking

    Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

  5. Post update

    Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Stephy Mavididi replaces Sean Maguire.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).

  15. Post update

    Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Pearson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Hugill.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

  19. Post update

    Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

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