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Vital Report - Preston 2-2 Bournemouth (2-3 pens)

Preston
2 - 2
Bournemouth

Deepdale

22/09/15

Attendance: 5,643

Referee:

Preston's Capital One Cup run is over after a penalty shootout at Deepdale against Bournemouth on Tuesday in the third round.

Twice Preston came from behind, firstly when Hugill cancelled out MacDonald's goal to earn extra time and then when a late Johnston penalty forced a penalty shootout after Pugh again put Bournemouth ahead in the extra period, but after this two-two draw it was the Cherries that advanced beating PNE three-two on penalties.

An upset was something people could sense, at least wanted, ahead of the game, but poor defending from Preston helped MacDonald (23) into heading Bournemouth into the lead at the midway point of the first half.

With an exit looking on Cunningham's cross gave Hugill (84), who had come off the bench, the chance to equalise and the striker took this as he headed home to force extra time with six-minutes left.

King had seen his initial effort blocked but when it dropped to Pugh (96) he made no mistake as he forced the ball home to again have Bournemouth ahead in the first period of extra time.

It was Pugh's handball though that gave Preston a dramatic late chance to force a penalty shootout, which Johnson (118) did when he beat Federici from spot.

Hugill, the hero towards the end of the 90-minutes, and Browne both had penalties saved with Sunderland loanee 'keeper Pickford keeping out Gosling's to keep Preston in the game.

However, unlike his effort to force penalties, Johnson couldn't beat former Reading 'keeper Federici again to keep the tie alive with his save putting the Cherries into the fourth round after a three-two shootout win.

There wasn't to be a Preston upset, like the win over Watford in the last round, this time with PNE no left to 'concentrate on the league', until the FA Cup anyway!

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Writer:VitalPNE
Date:Wednesday September 23 2015
Time: 12:54PM

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