Date: 18th August 2018 at 8:07pm
Written by:
Preston North End
2 – 2
Stoke City

Deepdale

Championship

18/08/2018 5:30 pm

Attendance: 13996

Referee: Madley

Preston North End Stoke City
Gallagher (pen 40), Burke (45+5) Pieters (42), Crouch (61)
Rudd Butland
Fisher Edwards
Clarke Williams
Davies Shawcross
 
Hughes Pieters
Gallagher
 
83 Ince
Browne Allen
 
Pearson
 
Fletcher
Burke 67 McClean 59
Nmecha 66 Berahino 59
Robinson Afobe 84

Substitutes

Moult 66 Bauer
Harrop Etebo 84
Ledson 83 Diouf 59
Barker Crouch
 
59
Maxwell Bojan
Huntington Federici
Barkhuizen 67 Souttar

Game Statistics

15 Goal attempts 8
6 On Target 3
4 Corners 2
13 Fouls 15
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
59 % 41

Stoke City travelled to Deepdale to face Preston North End in today’s late Championship kick-off.

Gary Rowett and Stoke continue to wait for the first win of the campaign though as we came out with a 2-2 draw and we did have to come from behind twice in the match, but the point was secured with Erik Pieters and Peter Crouch getting on the scoresheet.

Two points from three Championship games isn’t what people were hoping for and I dare say expecting given expectation levels went through the roof over the summer following Premier League relegation, but there was always going to be a bedding in period as after last season’s disappointment few clubs can ever completely erase those thoughts over a single summer.

The game did have positives though, and coming from behind twice should show a growing spirit and belief within the group and we’ll reap those rewards further down the line, but getting that first victory – just so it doesn’t become a thing and keep hanging around our neck – will be massive for everyone.

 

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