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Preston North End 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Johnson bags brace as Lilywhites beat Owls

Daniel Johnson (right) celebrates his first goal for Preston North End against Sheffield Wednesday
Daniel Johnson (right) added to his goals against Swansea and Stoke during Preston's win versus Sheffield Wednesday

Daniel Johnson took his tally to four goals in three matches as Preston North End defeated Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale.

The hosts won a penalty when Moses Odubajo brought down Sean Maguire, with Johnson firing home the spot-kick.

Preston won another penalty when Odubajo again fouled Maguire, leaving Johnson to send Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood the wrong way from the spot.

Sheffield Wednesday pulled a goal back when Steven Fletcher headed home Adam Reach's delivery but Preston held on to win.

The result means Preston move up to sixth having registered their third win in their opening five league games of the season.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday slip to seventh place despite being level on nine points with their opponents.

Johnson has been in fine form of late having scored in the Lilywhites' defeat by Swansea City last week, as well their first in a comfortable 3-1 win against Stoke on Wednesday.

The visitors came into the game on the back of their midweek win against Luton ,which had sent them top of the league, but they struggled to find their fourth Championship win of the season.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"We have played in different ways in the last two games and won both.

"We wanted to dominate the ball like we did, but while having an eye on the fact they were going to counter attack.

"At the end of the day, the fans just want us to win games and they are not interested how you do it and, to be honest, I just want to win games."

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Lee Bullen told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Two mistakes cost us but what we don't do as a team is throw anyone under the bus or hang them out to dry; he's a good player but he had an off day today.

"There was nothing in it until that point and then suddenly we're 2-0 down and had to chase the game, but we will always have a go.

"Good teams get around each other after a game like that. The response was very pleasing but we didn't get the break of the ball and it was too little too late."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 21BauerSubstituted forStoreyat 62'minutes
  • 6Davies
  • 15Rafferty
  • 4Pearson
  • 8Browne
  • 39BodinSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 58'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forGallagherat 85'minutes
  • 24Maguire
  • 20Stockley

Substitutes

  • 10Harrop
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14Storey
  • 19Green
  • 25Ripley
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 44Potts

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 22OdubajoBooked at 64minsSubstituted forReachat 66'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 15Lees
  • 13Börner
  • 3FoxBooked at 90mins
  • 5LeeSubstituted forNuhiuat 72'minutes
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 10Bannan
  • 14MurphySubstituted forForestieriat 45'minutes
  • 9Fletcher
  • 7K Harris

Substitutes

  • 6Rhodes
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 20Reach
  • 21Luongo
  • 25Dawson
  • 27Iorfa
  • 45Forestieri
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
15,715

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Booking

Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

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

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Alan Browne.

Attempt blocked. Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Daniel Johnson.

Booking

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lees with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Morgan Fox following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

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

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Kieran Lee.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds5410102813
2Charlton532095411
3Swansea431084410
4Bristol City531196310
5Fulham53029459
6Preston530210649
7Sheff Wed53027439
8West Brom52307529
9Nottm Forest52218538
10Millwall522146-28
11Reading52128627
12Birmingham42114407
13QPR521278-17
14Blackburn521234-17
15Cardiff521268-27
16Derby51316606
17Middlesbrough512256-15
18Luton511389-14
19Brentford511324-24
20Hull511358-34
21Barnsley511349-54
22Wigan5104411-73
23Huddersfield501449-51
24Stoke5014513-81
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