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Queens Park Rangers: A Memorable Match

2 August 2018

First Team News

Queens Park Rangers: A Memorable Match

2 August 2018

We take a look back to a memorable match against this weekend's visitors, Queens Park Rangers, and this one was a five star display from the Lilywhites.

It was 10th February 2001, as David Moyes side took on Gerry Francis' Rs in driving rain at Deepdale, here's the report from the match:

Red-hot Jon Macken scored twice as Preston North End put struggling Queens Park Rangers to the sword with a rampant second half display at Deepdale.

Brian McBride, David Healy and Iain Anderson also found the net as Rangers sunk deeper into the relegation mire.

North End boss David Moyes had stuck with a three-pronged attack for the visit of the Londoners - the first home match at Deepdale for five weeks.

The Lilywhites should have taken an eighth-minute lead following Lee Cartwright's searching cross. Macken tried to get in a header but, from the clearance, McBride's ten-yard strike rebounded off a post.

Minutes later, the busy Healy cut through the defence but his shot took a deflection off Jermaine Darlington.

As PNE continued to dominate, Macken's 18-yard drive seven minutes before the interval somehow squeezed inches wide. This proved to be the last effort on goal in the first period and the half ended goalless.

But Macken scored twice in ten second half minutes as David Moyes' half-time chat evidently had a huge impact on his players.

The striker's first on 50 minutes followed a neat link up with another Manchester United old boy Healy. Macken started the move and flicked to Healy and from the short cross Macken netted from five yards.

His second on the hour came courtesy of a defensive mix-up involving Matthew Rose. Macken pounced on his chance and slipped the ball into the net.

American McBride got in on the scoring act with a half-volley on 67 minutes before Healy himself grabbed a slice of the action with a terrific goal on 70 minutes.

The home side were buoyant and continued to stream forward against a shell-shocked QPR defence.

Anderson replaced McBride after 75 minutes and three minutes from time he completed the scoring with a right-foot shot from 18 yards.

There had been little indication that a game which had ended goalless at half-time would have finished 5-0 to the home side.

But PNE, who seemed destined for mid-table mediocrity just two weeks ago, suddenly look Play-Off contenders once more.

PNE line-up: Moilanen, Parkinson, Edwards, Jackson, Murdock, McKenna, Rankine, Cartwright, Macken, McBride, Healy. Subs: Lucas, Gunnlaugsson, Anderson, Barry-Murphy, Kidd.

QPR line-up: Miklosko, Darlington, Baraclough, Kulcsar, Rose, Wardley, Morrow, Peacock, Connolly, Ngonge, Kiwomya. Subs: Harper, Heinola, Ready, Scully, Dowie.

Referee: Mr T Parkes (Birmingham)

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