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A Match To Remember: Coventry City

28 December 2020

We go back to the last season North End reached the Championship Play-Offs for our latest look back to a game against our upcoming opponents.

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28 December 2020

It was March 2009 and ‘The Beast’, Jon Parkin, helped the Lilywhites maintain their promotion challenge as he claimed the winner against Coventry City at Deepdale.

The Sky Blues went ahead when Stephen Wright's cross-shot was tapped in from close range by Clinton Morrison.

However, North End took control and equalised when Sky Blues defender Ben Turner headed into his own net.

A Freddy Eastwood shot hit the post for the visitors, before Parkin pounced on a loose ball, rounded keeper Keiren Westwood and slotted in the winner.

After the game North End manager Alan Irvine said: “The lads kept going and it was a good finish from Jon Parkin.

“There was a lot of composure, he timed his run well and when he got through, he sat the goalkeeper down and went round him.

“It was a terrific goal and we showed great character to come back and we've done that a lot of times this season.”

Then Coventry City boss Chris Coleman added: “We have lost four games on the trot and all have come from individual errors.

“We've got to cut that out because if you keep doing that then you're going to lose games and that's what has happened today.

“In the first half we played some good stuff, but in the second half Preston came on strong.”

PNE line-up: Lonergan, Jones, Mawene, St. Ledger, Nolan, Sedgwick (Whaley, 70), Nicholson (Carter, 58), McKenna, Wallace, Parkin, Elliott (Mellor, 64). Subs not used: C Neal, Brown.

Coventry City line-up: Westwood, Wright, Turner, Dann, Hall, Henderson, Beuzelin, Doyle (Gunnarsson, 82), Bell, Eastwood (Simpson, 79), Morrison. Subs not used: Marshall, Ward, Osbourne.

Attendance: 13,251

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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