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Preston North End 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday: Forestieri and Nuhiu salvage draw for Owls

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Preston led 3-1 with less than 15 minutes remaining

Sheffield Wednesday came from two goals down to salvage a 3-3 draw against Preston North End in a thrilling game at Deepdale, but the Owls' comeback was not enough to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Jayden Stockley nodded in Alan Browne's flick-on and Owls' defender Tom Lees turned the ball into his own net to give Preston a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Wednesday pulled one back when Barry Bannan fired into the top corner from just inside the penalty area after being found by Marco Matias, before Browne got on the end of Sean Maguire's nod-down to restore Preston's two-goal lead with a fine finish.

Fernando Forestieri nodded home substitute Atdhe Nuhiu's cross to halve the deficit, before Nuhiu himself got on the end of Bannan's delivery to head past Connor Ripley and salvage a point for the visitors.

Nuhiu's introduction as a 67th-minute replacement for Josh Onomah turned a match that Preston had dominated for long periods, but the draw leaves Steve Bruce's side six points off the play-off places with only one match remaining.

Preston will rue missed chances to seal the match while leading 2-0, with Maguire diverting Callum Robinson's cross narrowly wide just before half-time.

Wednesday finished the match with 10 men after Dominic Iorfa was shown a straight red card for a foul on Darnell Fisher, but the Owls continued to press for a winner as Liam Palmer hooked an effort over the bar.

Preston, who have now only won one of their last seven Championship matches, could also have snatched the points, but Maguire's goal-bound effort was blocked on the line.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil said:

"We were really good in the first half, but then I could hear Steve Bruce in the next dressing room at half-time, so I figured there would be a reaction from them.

"We created some really good chances and if we'd have been a little more clinical we could have put the game firmly to bed before they came back towards the end.

"The Championship is a really tough league, and it's going to be tough for us to improve if I'm honest. This season has been a really strong learning curve, for everyone.

"We need to keep giving it everything we've got if we are going to finish higher in the table next season, but I do believe we've got the makings of a really good squad."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce said:

"We were just awful in the first half, but in the second we were a different team altogether. We started to play to our strengths more, and to be honest I think we could have gone on and won it.

"It was a great advert for Championship football. There were two teams of genuine, honest players out there.

"I think we've lost two in 19 games, and in anyone's book I think that's quite a turnaround.

"At the end of the season we'll probably end up three or four points short (of the play-offs), and that's a terrific effort considering where we were."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 25Ripley
  • 15RaffertySubstituted forHuntingtonat 90+3'minutes
  • 14Storey
  • 6Davies
  • 2FisherBooked at 64mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 24Maguire
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forNmechaat 74'minutes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forGinnellyat 87'minutes
  • 20Stockley

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 3Earl
  • 9Moult
  • 17Ginnelly
  • 23Huntington
  • 30Baxter
  • 45Nmecha

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 27IorfaBooked at 80mins
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 2Palmer
  • 19MatiasBooked at 90mins
  • 8PelupessyBooked at 35mins
  • 10BannanBooked at 54mins
  • 7OnomahSubstituted forNuhiuat 67'minutes
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forLeeat 84'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lee
  • 6Fox
  • 14Hooper
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21Boyd
  • 28Wildsmith
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
15,873

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Attempt blocked. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marco Matias.

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Joseph Rafferty.

Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Lees following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee with a cross.

Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Josh Ginnelly (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Ginnelly replaces Callum Robinson.

Hand ball by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Kieran Lee replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Attempt saved. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Dismissal

Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the red card.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Sheffield Wednesday 3. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Steven Fletcher.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a cross.

Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha replaces Alan Browne.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

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

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich452613691563591
2Sheff Utd452610976393788
3Leeds442571270462482
4West Brom4523111186592780
5Aston Villa442015980582275
6Derby4419131265521370
7Middlesbrough451913134740770
8Bristol City441812145651566
9Sheff Wed451616135960-164
10Nottm Forest451615146054663
11Swansea44189176259363
12Preston451613166764361
13Hull451710186567-261
14Blackburn451611186267-559
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke451121134350-754
17Birmingham451418136458651
18Wigan451213205064-1449
19QPR45139235170-1948
20Reading451016194966-1746
21Millwall441014204761-1444
22Rotherham45816215181-3040
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich45416253375-4228
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