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Preston North End 5-1 Barnsley: Daniel Johnson double inspires Deepdale rout

Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson (top, with David Nugent) has now scored seven goals for Preston this season

Daniel Johnson scored twice as Preston moved up to third in the Championship with a convincing home win over struggling Barnsley.

Johnson headed Alex Neil's side in front as they dominated the opening half, only for Cameron McGeehan to grab an equaliser following a corner.

Tom Barkhuizen coolly restored the lead from Johnson's pass, and the latter made it three after Paul Gallagher's ball left him one-on-one with goalkeeper Brad Collins.

Barnsley's inexperienced defence was exposed again as Ben Pearson scored only his second goal in 126 Preston appearances and sub Josh Harrop lobbed the fifth to underline their superiority.

The Lilywhites are now unbeaten in eight league games, while Barnsley have still not won since the opening day of the season and drop to second bottom following Huddersfield's win over Hull.

McGeehan scored their first goal away from home this season after Preston's defence failed to clear Mike-Steven Bahre's corner, but it was little consolation as they were outplayed for most of the game.

Johnson had already tested Collins before he nodded home the loose ball after the keeper had parried Barkhuizen's initial effort.

And his second effectively ended the game as a contest, with Pearson forcing home in his first goal since October 2016 from close range, against the club where he was twice on loan, before Harrop wrapped it up with his fifth of the season.

Both sets of supporters stood in the 66th minute to applaud the memory of Barnsley fan Jeffrey Wroe, who died during their game against Derby in midweek, and a seat was left vacant in the away dugout except for a shirt on it bearing his name.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I've watched Barnsley four times this season and for the first 30 minutes they've been the better side but that wasn't the case today.

"We were the better side from the first minute to the last minute, the only frustration that I've got is after we scored the first goal we got a little bit sloppy taking our foot off the gas.

"The lads responded after half-time in the fashion that you'd hope they would, kept on playing trying to get the next goal.

"If our fans didn't enjoy that then you're never going to enjoy a game of football, we could have scored arguably 10 goals."

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel:

"We played like a youth team in a lot of situations.

"At half-time I thought ok it was not our best half but at 1-1 with one chance is good but the second-half was the worst that I can remember at Barnsley.

"Preston played good and you can see the table but we played like a team that is not good enough to play in the Championship."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 8BrowneBooked at 67mins
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 15Rafferty
  • 4Pearson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forPottsat 82'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forStockleyat 74'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forHarropat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Harrop
  • 14Storey
  • 18Ledson
  • 20Stockley
  • 28Hudson
  • 39Bodin
  • 44Potts

Barnsley

  • 40Collins
  • 2WilliamsBooked at 65minsSubstituted forGreenat 82'minutes
  • 21Sibbick
  • 24Halme
  • 3Williams
  • 8McGeehanBooked at 27mins
  • 27Mowatt
  • 7BrownSubstituted forWilksat 55'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 11Chaplin
  • 10BähreSubstituted forStylesat 68'minutes
  • 9Woodrow

Substitutes

  • 6Andersen
  • 13Walton
  • 15Green
  • 16Thomas
  • 20Styles
  • 23Pinillos
  • 36Wilks
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
12,431

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 5, Barnsley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 5, Barnsley 1.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aapo Halme.

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cameron McGeehan.

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

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

Foul by Ben Williams (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

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

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brad Potts replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jordan Green replaces Jordan Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 5, Barnsley 1. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

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

Foul by Jordan Williams (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jayden Stockley replaces Sean Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces David Nugent.

Offside, Barnsley. Callum Styles tries a through ball, but Mallik Wilks is caught offside.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Jordan Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Callum Styles replaces Mike-Steven Bähre.

Booking

Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

Booking

Jordan Williams (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Williams (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 4, Barnsley 1. Ben Pearson (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen following a fast break.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Barnsley 1. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Maguire with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom116412113822
2Nottm Forest11641169722
3Preston1163223121121
4Swansea11632169721
5Leeds11623157820
6Bristol City115511813520
7Fulham1154220101019
8Sheff Wed11614169719
9QPR116141819-119
10Charlton115331512318
11Cardiff114431616016
12Birmingham115151114-316
13Derby113621515015
14Blackburn114251315-214
15Millwall113531014-414
16Hull113441416-213
17Brentford1133599012
18Luton113261520-511
19Wigan11326916-711
20Middlesbrough112451116-510
21Huddersfield112271218-68
22Reading112271117-68
23Barnsley11137822-146
24Stoke111281122-115
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