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Preston North End 3-0 Wigan Athletic: Paul Gallagher stars in Lancashire derby

Paul Gallagher (right) celebrates
Paul Gallagher (right) scored one and set up another for Preston

Preston eased past a poor Wigan side in the Lancashire derby for their first Championship points of the season.

Sean Maguire headed Paul Gallagher's corner across the keeper to put the hosts ahead, but Wigan responded with Josh Windass and Lewis Macleod forcing saves from Declan Rudd.

Five minutes after being denied an almost-certain goal, Louis Moult doubled Preston's lead with a free header from 10 yards which was too powerful for David Marshall to keep out.

Playmaker Gallagher curled a third into the top corner from a free-kick as Paul Cook's side offered little resistance after the break.

Wigan beat Cardiff in arguably the most impressive result of the opening weekend, but the Latics' struggles on the road last season continued at Deepdale.

Alex Neil's Preston made four changes from their defeat at Millwall, with Moult making his mark and Daniel Johnson playing his part in two of their goals.

First he was given time to cross from the left for Moult to head home, before playing a short one-two from the free-kick which Gallagher perfectly despatched.

Windass was the visitors' most dangerous player - forcing a decent, low second-half stop from Rudd - but Wigan's performance was little better than their previous trip to Preston last season, where the Latics were beaten 4-0.

Preston were without striker David Nugent, who is yet to feature since returning to the club this summer, but their opponents won just twice on their travels last season and this performance was a continuation of their away-day problems.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"It was important for us to win here and to do it in the manner we did was very pleasing. We created enough chances to score even more goals.

"I made some bold changes with four alterations and took out some lads who have done brilliantly for us but if it's what I feel is right for that game, I will make those decisions.

"It was needed for the fans and for the players to get that confidence and belief back. One thing we won't be lacking this season is belief and I think the lads showed that."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"Of course I am frustrated to come away with this result. I understand the supporters and I am no different, it is frustrating that we could not get our game plan to work.

"We know we have to integrate players into the team but this is an unforgiving league. Last year the target was to stay up and this year we want to be better than that.

"But to do that we cannot come away from home and concede goals in the way we have done here. The players know that and so do I."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2FisherSubstituted forClarkeat 74'minutes
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 20mins
  • 39Bodin
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrowneat 68'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 24Maguire
  • 9MoultSubstituted forStockleyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 8Browne
  • 19Green
  • 20Stockley
  • 25Ripley
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 44Potts

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2ByrneBooked at 9mins
  • 21Kipre
  • 6FoxSubstituted forLoweat 63'minutes
  • 3Robinson
  • 4MacLeodBooked at 16mins
  • 8Evans
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 33Naismith
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forMooreat 26'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lowe
  • 11Massey
  • 19Moore
  • 20Williams
  • 22Dunkley
  • 23Jones
  • 38Gelhardt
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
14,789

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Attempt missed. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jayden Stockley.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Wigan Athletic).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic).

Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Hand ball by Billy Bodin (Preston North End).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jayden Stockley replaces Louis Moult.

Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Williams.

Foul by Louis Moult (Preston North End).

Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Tom Clarke replaces Darnell Fisher.

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

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Louis Moult (Preston North End).

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Williams replaces Michael Jacobs.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jamal Lowe replaces Daniel Fox because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Wigan Athletic).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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