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Preston North End 2 2 - Charlton Athletic 2 2

Deepdale

28/04/12 15:00

Attendance: 12,029

Preston 2-2 Charlton

PNE legend Graham Alexander slotted home a free kick in the dying moments of his last ever game to give North End a share of the points against League 1 Champions Charlton Athletic.

Charlton was given a guard of honour at the start of the game, Charlton then joined PNE to honour Graham Alexanders 20+ year career coming to a end.

Charlton was on top throughout the first half, the first goal came on the eleventh minute when Danny Haynes slid the ball past Andreas Arestidou after the ball fell to him via a David Gray tackle.

The second came on the half-hour mark after Grays back pass fell short leaving Andreas Arestidou stranded, Dany N'Guessan put the ball into a empty net from the edge of the box.

At half time Westley replaced David Gray with Will Hayhurst who made his debut for the first team. Coutts was moved into the centre. This totally changed the game and North End stepped up a gear and started playing some decent football in the second half.

On the 57th minute North Ends hard work paid off when Nicky Hunt volleyed the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the Town End goal after Danny Mayors corner was headed out.

This was a huge pick up for North End and the whites started to dominate the game.

Towards the end of the game the noise inside Deepdale was growing as the fans could sense Alexanders final run out, Westley made the sub as Alexander replaced Max Ehmer and he was met by a huge Deepdale roar.

Alexanders every touch was cheered and chants of 'Shoot' rang around the ground, Alexander played the game and kept a calm head.

Four minutes extra time was given and the fans were praying for a fairytale ending for Alexander.

In the first minute of extra time Hayhurst was fouled 25 yards away from goal and up stepped Alexander, he waved his team mates to the back post but instead decided to go for it, the ball swerved past the five man Charlton wall and into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Deepdale exploded and Alexander ran to the fans in the Town End joining in celebration with the fans.

The crowd stayed behind after the game to applause Alexander and thank him for his playing years at North End, fairytale ending to a great career.

Star Player

Graham Alexander

He will be remembered as one of the greats here. Thank you Graham.




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Writer: BurnsyPNE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 29 2012

Time: 11:48AM

Your Comments

Charlton fan here. I was lucky enough to speak to Graham before the game & wished him well for the future. A terrific guy, he players like him make the game what it is. Good luck for next season, Preston are too big a club to be languishing in League One.
Red God
And again anther CAFC fan wants to wish Graham all the best...what a goal....it's the kind if thing that usually happens in dreams!!!
weloveyoucharlton
 

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