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Preston North End 1-1 Swansea City

Wayne Routledge of Swansea is tackled by Daniel Johnson of Preston North End and Tom Clarke of Preston North End
Wayne Routledge made his 10th Swansea appearance of the season

Daniel Johnson rescued a point for Preston against Swansea as the sides shared a 1-1 draw thanks to two goals in five second-half minutes.

Johnson's penalty came after Connor Roberts handled, with Johnson coolly beating Erwin Mulder on the hour mark.

That came just five minutes after Courtney Baker-Richardson finished a superb team move to give the Swans a slender advantage they merited.

Josh Earl was sent off for the hosts late on for a second bookable offence.

Preston had the best chance to find a winner before Earl's dismissal, but Mulder made a double save to deny them.

Parity was just about the right outcome from a first half of few chances, with Baker-Richardson dragging wide early on before Leroy Fer headed straight at Declan Rudd from a Matt Grimes free-kick.

Tom Clarke also missed a headed chance for the hosts, nodding straight at Mulder after Ben Pearson's centre.

Mulder was almost caught out by Brad Potts' long-range effort, but managed to smother at the second attempt before Rudd made an impressive stop to deny Bersant Celina's deflected shot.

Celina was exerting more influence and was involved as the Swans took the lead through a fine team move that culminated in Baker-Richardson finishing, but the lead lasted fewer than five minutes.

Mulder then kept the Swans level with a super double block from Sean Maguire's shot and Alan Browne's follow-up.

The hosts looked likely to find a winner, but Earl's dismissal halted their late momentum, with Maguire and Celina both shooting off target in stoppage time.

Both sides slip a place in the table, with Swansea down to 13th and Preston to 18th.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"Overall I think a point was a fair result. It was a bit of a stuffy game.

"I thought the sending-off was extremely harsh. I don't think either were clear bookings, the second one especially so. We didn't even think it was a foul, so we are disappointed with the decision.

"We are still looking for players, we want to try and finish the window with as strong a squad as possible and so never say never."

Swansea manager Graham Potter:

"We scored a really good goal and started the second half really well and had control of the game, but when you concede it changes the game and they had a spell where it became scrappy and then it favoured them.

"You need to survive key moments and be a bit more clinical. We gave the ball away too easily and did not do enough to score more than one.

"We are some way off being a top-six side still and we need to keep improving."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forFisherat 67'minutes
  • 23HuntingtonSubstituted forEarlat 45'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 14Storey
  • 16Hughes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forMaguireat 74'minutes
  • 4Pearson
  • 44Potts
  • 8Browne
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 20Stockley

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 3Earl
  • 12Gallagher
  • 18Ledson
  • 24Maguire
  • 25Ripley
  • 45Nmecha

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 26NaughtonSubstituted forMcKayat 89'minutes
  • 5van der HoornBooked at 59mins
  • 22Rodon
  • 23Roberts
  • 8FerBooked at 45mins
  • 21Grimes
  • 12DyerSubstituted forMonteroat 84'minutes
  • 10Celina
  • 15Routledge
  • 46Baker-RichardsonBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBonyat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 2Bony
  • 7Montero
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 19McKay
  • 20James
  • 27Fulton
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
11,604

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Swansea City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Swansea City 1.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

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

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

Attempt blocked. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Brad Potts.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brad Potts (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Barrie McKay replaces Kyle Naughton.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

Foul by Jefferson Montero (Swansea City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Nathan Dyer.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Joshua Earl (Preston North End) for a bad foul.

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Offside, Preston North End. Jordan Storey tries a through ball, but Ben Pearson is caught offside.

Offside, Swansea City. Mike van der Hoorn tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jayden Stockley.

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

Joe Rodon (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brad Potts.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wilfried Bony replaces Courtney Baker-Richardson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Sean Maguire replaces Daniel Johnson.

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Booking

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

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Hand ball by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Darnell Fisher replaces Tom Clarke because of an injury.

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

goal

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