MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 22:58:34
Jan 12, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Deepdale Stadium (Preston)
Attendance: 11,604
PrestonPreston North End
1-1
SwanseaSwansea City
Johnson (60' pen.)
Earl (81')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Preston cling on with ten men to take point against Swansea

Result: Preston cling on with ten men to take point against Swansea
© Reuters
Josh Earl was sent off late on for the hosts.

Swansea's play-off hopes suffered a blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Preston despite the home side playing the final nine minutes with ten men after a red card for Josh Earl.

The Welsh side went in level at the break after being frustrated by several good saves by North End keeper Declan Rudd.

They had hit the front ten minutes into the second half when Courtney Baker-Richardson rifled home after Wayne Routledge picked him out.

But the Swans were pegged back just five minutes later when Daniel Johnson kept his nerve from the penalty spot following a handball by Connor Roberts.

And they were left thanking keeper Erwin Mulder for a brilliant double save 15 minutes from time which ensured a share of the spoils.

The visitors enjoyed a good start with Leroy Fer heading a Matt Grimes' free-kick straight at Rudd on 14 minutes.

Andrew Hughes then curled a 25-yard free-kick over the bar a minute later as North End came into the game before Fer dragged a cross-shot wide after Naughton's pass had played him in on 24 minutes.

North End's Johnson failed to trouble Mulder after Tom Clarke's cross was cleared into his path on 32 minutes.

But the Swansea keeper was called into action a minute later to keep out Clarke's header from Ben Pearson's floating cross.

The Dutchman then held Brad Potts' low 30-yard piledriver at the second attempt on 36 minutes.

Rudd pulled off a great diving save to keep out Bersant Celina's effort after it took a massive deflection.

He had a simpler save to make three minutes before the break when Roberts struck a low powerful shot straight at him.

The lively Celina hit the inside of the post as he was flagged offside following good link-up play with Baker-Richardson on 54 minutes.

But the Welshmen were ahead seconds later when Baker-Richardson rifled home after a brilliant cut-back from Routledge.

The lead lasted just five minutes though as the home side were awarded a penalty when Jayden Stockley's cross was ruled to have hit Roberts' arm.

And Johnson made no mistake as he sent the keeper the wrong way to level the match.

Matt Grimes fired over from distance on 68 minutes as City looked to get back in front.

But Mulder was forced to pull off a super double save on 75 minutes to deny Sean Maguire and Alan Browne's follow-up, before Tom Barkhuizen fired over with 12 minutes to go as Preston ended the match strongly.

Half-time sub Earl had 45 minutes to forget when he was sent off for a second bookable offence for a late challenge on Mike Van Der Hoorn on 81 minutes.

Share this article now:
Reading manager Jose Gomes on January 1, 2019
Read Next:
Jose Gomes bemoans 'unacceptable' performance as Reading lose to Swansea
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account