Thrilling contest ends in goalless draw
Attendance: 13,686 (1,114 PNE Fans)
Preston traveled up to a raining Yorkshire to face a Bradford City side who haven't won a game since November.
Bradford started off the game well while Preston who were lining up in a 3-5-2 system were getting stuck in and winning the ball back in crucial areas.
The Bantams had their first chance of the game, when their new singing Aaron Mclean crossed the ball into the Preston box to reach Hanson who missed his kick but the ball then fell into feet of Reach but the ball was put wide.
Later, Bradford then had another chance with Mclean scuffing a shot which North End dealt with comfortably.
Preston were then bringing their name into the game, having possession and winning a free kick, after Joe Garner was barged in the back, Laird was the one to take but solid Bradford defending prevented the ball from getting in the back of the net.
Both teams winning possession and passing it around nicely until an off the ball incident occurred between Kilkenny and Bennett, this ended up in referee Stuart Attwell dismissing both players.
Not good for Kilkenny, as the manager of the Australia national team was keeping an eye on the Aussie, not for long though and not for another three games!
Soon after, Preston didn't look too affected after the Kilkenny dismissal, as they created a chance with Laird crossing into the Bradford box and finding Garner who missed his kick but Gallagher was their to pick up the pieces but only for the ball to smash against the woodwork.
Bradford then responded, up their end Doyle had an effort on goal but Welsh was their to block it and give the Bantams a corner.
Preston dealt with it well as they had the opportunity to break down field but a Gallagher pass was intercepted well, and then Bradford broke but for Welsh to perform an exquisite tackle after a Bradford player made a clever run.
Half time came, and Bradford were the ones going into it being the better side.
The second half came and there was no idea what was said but what a start it was, with disappointment from both sides in mind.
Preston started it off by winning a corner, nothing was created from it apart from McLaughlin claiming the save and setting his team on the counter, Reach then crossed into the box and Rudd had to tip it over the bar as it was creeping into the net.
Preston then got their first shot on target of the second half, with Gallagher trying to curl a shot into the bottom corner but McLaughlin parried it away.
Brownhill then added to the shots on target stat but it didn't effect the goal stat as McLaughlin held the youngster's shot well.
Straight after, Bradford took it up the Preston end and Mclean was one-on-one with Rudd but the keeper on loan from Norwich used his feet to deal with the goal opportunity.
Gallagher then teed up Garner but his shot was saved again by McLaughlin and again setting Bradford on the counter who again won a corner!
With the rain falling and both sets of fans frustrated, Brownhill did well to get through on goal as he poked it past McLaughlin, but it summed up this second half and it hit the post!
Phil Parkinson made a change to his ten man team, bringing on Oliver Mcburnie in place of new signing Aaron Mclean who lets say has been slightly unlucky in the second half but put in a good effort, but to be fair who hasn't been unlucky?
Simon Grayson also made a change to his ten man team with Scott Wiseman coming off for Humphrey.
Preston then won a free kick after a brilliant run from Welsh from the half way line and Gallagher was to take it in a dangerous position, but the wall was doing its job several times and Bradford held on.
The Bantams then made their second change with ten minutes remaining, Ricky Ravenhill who was assessed on his recent injury before the game came off the bench to replace Nathan Doyle.
Moments after, Garner placed the ball in the back of the net, but it didn't count due to the linesman's flag.
There was then four minutes added on, and in that time Grayson chose Keane to replace Brownhill within the dying minutes.
The game ended surprisingly 0-0!
I have three words to describe this game, Frustrating, Thrilling and Disappointing, what are yours?
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