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Match Report: PNE 2 Coventry City 1

20 October 2021

Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 2 Coventry City 1

20 October 2021

Preston North End came from behind to beat Coventry City 2-1 at Deepdale, thanks to goals from Patrick Bauer and Emil Riis.

Tyler Walker opened the scoring for the visitors right on the stroke of half-time, as he fired an effort into the roof of the net from 18 yards.

North End turned the game around in an eight-minute period of the second half, though, with goals from Bauer and Riis earning their side all three points.

Frankie McAvoy made two changes from the weekend with Ben Whiteman and Scott Sinclair coming in to replace Ryan Ledson and Tom Barkhuizen, while Alan Browne captained the team on his 300th appearance for the club, becoming the 27th man in PNE history to reach that figure.

Jordan Storey was involved at both ends in the early stages of the game, firstly calling goalkeeper Simon Moore into action just three minutes in as he headed Ben Whiteman’s corner towards goal, though the ‘keeper was equal to it.

He then came up with a crucial block to get in the way of Viktor Gyokeres’ goalbound volley from 12 yards on the end of Callum O’Hare’s cross.

Daniel Iversen twice kept out Gustavo Hamer in the next stages of the game, keeping out the midfielder’s corner which looked to be sneaking in at the near post, before later saving his effort from a 20-yard free-kick.

On 24 minutes, skipper Browne drove forward with the ball to kickstart a dangerous attack, which eventually ended with Josh Earl on the left, who cut onto his right foot, but his effort was just off target.

It looked as though the sides would go into the break goalless, however, Walker had other ideas as he fired into the roof of the net for the visitors after good work from O’Hare.

PNE came out energised at the start of the second period, with Storey, Whiteman and Riis all having early efforts, although none could find the target.

The hosts did get their goal on 61 minutes, as Bauer rose highest to get a head on Whiteman’s cross, and the ball made its way across goal and made its way into the back of the net off the inside of the right-hand post.

That got North End’s tail up and they almost turned the game on its head straight away, but Browne’s header from Riis’ centre was superbly tipped wide by the ‘keeper.

They weren’t made to wait too long for the second though as up popped top scorer Riis with a stunning strike, receiving the ball from Browne before turning and slamming past Moore to put his side ahead.

North End then did a professional job of seeing the game out from that point on, claiming a deserved three points based on the second half showing.

PNE line-up: Iversen; Storey, Bauer, Hughes; van den Berg, Whiteman, Johnson (Potts, 79), Browne, Earl; Sinclair (Barkhuizen, 79), Riis (Murphy, 86). Subs not used: Rudd, Cunningham, Lindsay, Ledson.

Coventry line-up: Moore; Hyam, McFadzean, Rose; Dabo, Hamer, Kelly (Sheaf, 75), O’Hare (Allen, 75), Maatsen; Gyokeres (Waghorn, 74), Walker. Subs not used: Wilson, Clarke-Salter, Kane, Shipley.

Attendance: 10,837 (1,198 away fans)

Referee: Mr D England

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