Preston Lack Penetration
North End failed to score int heir second successive home game as they lacked any creativity to break down a stubborn Sheffield United defence.
The Whites new it would be a tough end to the month with games against MK Dons and Sheff Utd who are more than likely going to be in the shake up at the end of the season but Preston's attacking from is now starting to worry some fans.
Preston have now scored one solitary goal in their past three league games and that was a consolation injury time goal by Sodje away at Oldham. That apart, Preston have not really looked like the free scoring side from earlier in the season.
Hardly a game goes by without Westley making changes and Saturday was the same. We were led to believe there had been a change in formation to 4-3-3 but the team certainly did not set out that way.
Robertson made a rare start alonside Wright with Keane and Laird in the full back positions. Monakana started on the left whilst Jack King found a new home on the right wing. Welsh captained the side once more alongside Wroe whilst Beavon was partnered by Beardsley up front.
It was a similar game to that against the MK Dons with little between the two sides and very few chances. The visitors were hard to break down whilst Preston just lacked any cohesion and any idea as to how to break down a solid but effective visiting side.
The visitors had a half chance in the first half but Stucmann was rarely troubled. Preston should have taken the lead when a rare lapse in concentration fromt he visitors saw Bailey Wright free in the box from a corner only for him to head over.
The crucial point in the game came just before the break. It was simple but did the job. A long ball from the back throwing back the years for Sheff Utd saw Dave Kitson outwit a slow Preston backline. The finish was exquisite as he lobbed the advancing Stuckmann. Few in this division had his quality.
Preston had to come out all guns blazing but stuttered and stumbled against a well organised team who are unbeaten so far this season. Very little was created and only atthe end when substitute Huntington forced a fabulous save from the United keeper could Preston say that they had an attempt worthy of a goal.
It is now back to the drawing board for Westley as he tried to figure out how to sharpen up his attack before a visit to Scunthorpe on Tuesday evening.
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