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Preston North End 3-2 Millwall: Lions drop into relegation zone with defeat

Alan Browne has been directly involved in four goals in Preston's last two home games - two strikes and two assists
Alan Browne continued his good home form with a first-half goal in the win against Millwall

Millwall's dreadful away form continued as they dropped into the relegation zone with a defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale.

Preston's Alan Browne opened the scoring in the 37th minute when he latched onto Lukas Nmecha's pass to finish.

The home side doubled their lead five minutes later when Tom Barkhuizen was found by Paul Gallagher, and the forward slotted past the advancing Jordan Archer.

Millwall, who are yet to win on their travels this season, started the second half brightly with Jed Wallace and Steve Morison both going close before Jake Cooper made the breakthrough just after the hour mark.

The defender, who signed a new contract this week, headed in from a Shane Ferguson corner to reduce the arrears.

Preston responded well and almost extended their lead again when Browne's header was cleared off the line.

But they made sure of the points in the 82nd minute when Andrew Hughes curled a free-kick into the bottom corner.

Lions striker Lee Gregory made it 3-2 in the third minute of stoppage time, but Neil Harris' side ran out of time to get anything out of the game.

The result means Millwall have picked up just three points from 11 away matches this campaign.

Preston boss Alex Neil:

"I thought that it was a bit of a mixed performance on the whole. In the first half we controlled the ball well, but we did not look to penetrate them enough, and I thought the balance wasn't quite right at times.

"But two great passes from Paul Gallagher opened the game up in the first half. The first one, which goes through Lukas Nmecha, gets the goal and his pass for the second goal was a cracker.

"It wasn't great, but at the end of the day we have got three points, another win under our belts and we are now closer to the play-offs than the drop zone."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"It was groundhog day for us, we've conceded five or six chances and conceded three goals. At the other end we've created about 10 clear cut chances and scored two and ultimately we've come away with nothing from the game.

"In the 30 or so minutes before they score the opening goal, I cannot remember Preston being in our penalty area, but the two times the ball goes into our penalty area in the first half we concede.

"We simply cannot give opportunities like that away and expect to get away with it, because at this level it gives you a mountain to climb. If you wanted 90 minutes to sum up our season in a nutshell, that was it."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6DaviesBooked at 15mins
  • 16Hughes
  • 4Pearson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forBurkeat 90+2'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forLedsonat 82'minutes
  • 45Nmecha

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 14Storey
  • 15Woods
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Burke
  • 22Maxwell
  • 33Walker

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 12RomeoBooked at 5mins
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5CooperBooked at 80mins
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forFergusonat 45'minutes
  • 7WallaceBooked at 69mins
  • 28Leonard
  • 18TunnicliffeSubstituted forElliottat 82'minutes
  • 22O'Brien
  • 20Morison
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 11Ferguson
  • 13Amos
  • 17Webster
  • 19Elliott
  • 21Karacan
  • 25Wallace
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
10,924

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Millwall 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Millwall 2. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mahlon Romeo.

Attempt missed. Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Tom Elliott (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aiden O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Graham Burke replaces Alan Browne.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Ryan Leonard (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Ledson.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

Offside, Preston North End. Declan Rudd tries a through ball, but Lukas Nmecha is caught offside.

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

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson replaces Daniel Johnson.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Millwall 1. Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Jake Cooper (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

Declan Rudd (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul Huntington (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alan Browne.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Attempt blocked. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

Booking

Jed Wallace (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

goal

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