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Preston North End 2-3 Reading: Paul Clement wants win to be catalyst

Paul Clement
Paul Clement's Reading remain in the Championship relegation zone but rise one place above Preston to 22nd.

Reading boss Paul Clement has urged his side to use their victory over Preston "as a catalyst to move forward".

A late winner from Leandro Bacuna gave Clement's Reading their first Championship win of the season.

Sam Baldock had opened the scoring for the Royals but the hosts levelled eight minutes later as Daniel Johnson's effort beat keeper Sam Walker after taking a wicked deflection off defender Liam Moore.

Tiago Ilori restored Reading's lead, only for Preston's Callum Robinson to make the score 2-2 with 15 minutes remaining, tapping in after Josh Earl's initial shot, before Bacuna's winner nine minutes from time.

"We haven't had that winning feeling in the league for a while, so it's great," said Clement.

"We are very, very happy and we've got to use that as a catalyst to move forward."

Bacuna playing for Reading
Leandro Bacuna scored his first goal for Reading since November 2017

Reading, who had not won in the Championship since last April, had started the day at the bottom of the table.

And the visitors nearly fell behind after 18 minutes when Preston's Tom Barkhuizen's powerful header from Robinson's cross struck the inside of the post.

"We had to work hard for it because it was a very close game, but it's those margins which has been all season," added Clement.

"Fortunately we managed to get those little details right and it saw us over the line."

With the match seemingly heading for a 2-2 draw the Royals boss introduced 21-year-old Josh Sims on 79 minutes.

And the midfielder made an instant impact two minutes later, providing the assist for Bacuna's winner.

"I came here three years ago, almost to the day, with Derby and we'd drawn the first four games and lost against Leeds," said Clement.

"We had four points going into the international break, but then we beat Preston and went on a fantastic run. I told the players that story before the game.

"We've got to keep going now. Every day we're working on improving."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil said:

"It's obviously disappointing. I did think we deserved something from the game but if you need to score four goals at home to win it's never good.

"We did create enough chances to win the game and we should have scored more goals but we didn't take those chances.

"Defensively we need to be better though and their second goal was particularly disappointing for me and the third came when we were trying to win it."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 2FisherSubstituted forHarropat 56'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forNmechaat 57'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 3EarlBooked at 90mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 7Robinson
  • 9MoultSubstituted forBurkeat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Harrop
  • 14Storey
  • 16Hughes
  • 19Burke
  • 21Barker
  • 22Maxwell
  • 45Nmecha

Reading

  • 28Walker
  • 2Gunter
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 3YiadomBooked at 43mins
  • 7Bacuna
  • 38KellySubstituted forRinomhotaat 90+3'minutes
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forSimsat 79'minutes
  • 10Swift
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forBödvarssonat 75'minutes
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 5McShane
  • 19Sims
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 29McNulty
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 35Rinomhota
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
10,849

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Reading 3.

Joshua Earl (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Sims (Reading).

Booking

Joshua Earl (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Josh Sims (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Andy Rinomhota replaces Liam Kelly.

Attempt missed. Joshua Earl (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Nmecha.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading).

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Graham Burke (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Nmecha.

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

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Reading 3. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Sims.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Graham Burke replaces Louis Moult.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Josh Sims replaces Sone Aluko.

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Reading 2. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joshua Earl.

Attempt missed. Joshua Earl (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lukas Nmecha.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Yakou Meite.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Josh Harrop.

Attempt blocked. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Harrop with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Joshua Earl (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Reading).

Offside, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson tries a through ball, but Joshua Earl is caught offside.

Offside, Reading. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Sam Baldock is caught offside.

Offside, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson tries a through ball, but Josh Harrop is caught offside.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Attempt blocked. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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4Middlesbrough742193614
5Sheff Utd7403129312
6Swansea733175212
7Derby7403109112
8West Brom73221610611
9Sheff Wed73221111011
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12Aston Villa72411212010
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17Hull7214811-37
18QPR7214514-97
19Millwall713379-26
20Stoke7133913-46
21Birmingham705257-25
22Reading7124811-35
23Preston7124712-55
24Ipswich7034511-63
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