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Match Report: PNE 1 Leicester City 2

23 July 2022

Preston North End were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Premier League side Leicester City in the final game of pre-season.

The visitors had a two-goal lead inside 18 minutes through Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes, before Ali McCann got one back for PNE early in the second half.

It was a strong display from the home side in the second 45, but North End couldn’t quite find an equaliser.

The Foxes were the side on top in the early stages and they took the lead on 12 minutes, with Keirnan Dewsbury-Hall’s through ball finding Vardy, and the experienced forward calmly rounded Freddie Woodman before slotting home.

Six minutes later it was two, as Barnes cut in from the left to take aim, seeing his effort sneak in off the inside of the post.

Marc Albrighton could have made it three for the Foxes just after the half-hour mark, but he blazed his effort from just inside the area over the bar, and McCann produced a crucial block a few minutes later to deny Barnes at the back post.

McCann – who lined up at right wing back – then came up with the goods in an attacking sense early in the second half, getting himself on the end of a lovely floated cross from Andrew Hughes to head into the top corner.

There was a standing ovation on 63 minutes from the North End faithful as last season’s Player of the Year, Daniel Iversen came on for the visitors, and one of his first actions was to dive to his right to keep out a Jordan Storey volley.

It looked as though Barnes had doubled his tally for the afternoon ten minutes later, as he beat Woodman after being played in by Maddison, but he was denied by the post.

Riis had the ball in the back of the net at the other end on 75 minutes as he brilliantly controlled Browne’s missing volley and thumped the ball home, but the linesman’s flag was up for offside.

Goalscorer Barnes had the final chance of the game, seeing his close-range shot well kept out by Woodman, and the score ended 2-1 to the visitors in the final game of pre-season, with attention now turning to next weekend's Championship opener against Wigan Athletic.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Diaby (Storey, 45), Lindsay, Hughes; McCann (Woodburn, 70), Whiteman, Ledson, Brady; Browne, Johnson (Evans, 45); Riis. Subs not used: Cornell, Cunningham, Bauer, Coulton, O’Neill, Potts.

Leicester City line-up: Schmeichel (Iversen, 63); Pereira, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Soumare, Dewsbury-Hall; Albrighton (Perez, 63), Maddison, Barnes; Vardy. Subs not used: Braybrooke, Nelson, Ewing, McAtee, Hughes, Appiah.

Attendance: 4,553 (470 Leicester fans).

Referee: Mr J Gillett.


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