Preston North End 1-1 Fulham post-match analysis

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Preston North End came from behind to earn a draw against Championship leaders Fulham at home.

Marco Silva’s side took a merited first-half lead thanks to Tim Ream’s 15th-minute strike, his first in over four years.

Ream poked home a hazardous free-kick from the right post. After Jean Michael Seri swung over a dangerous free-kick from the right.

North End, on the other hand, came back to dominate the second half. Even though their 72nd-minute equalizer was a little dubious because they escaped two possible handball calls.

Ched Evans, a substitute, made an unnoticed run to meet Ben Whiteman’s inswinging left-wing corner. And his header cannoned against Emil Riis’ arm before being pushed into the net by Evans’ upper arm.

Evans’ second goal in five days came after he came off the bench to equalize in a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Preston came close to tying the game early in the second half when Tosin Adarabioyo saved a close-range free-kick after Sean Maguire had flicked on Whiteman’s free-kick. Which was given for Antonee Robinson’s harsh challenge on Tom Barkhuizen.

Prior to Evans’ equalizer, Riis and Ali McCann both threatened with curlers – and home captain Alan Browne then blasted an angled attempt just over – but a draw was the fairest result.

Fulham might have been knocked off top spot in the Championship after being held to a second consecutive draw. But 10-man Bournemouth relinquished a 2-0 lead to draw at home to Coventry City.

Final Takeaway from the Fulham Game

Due to conceding a goal in the 72ndminute of the game. There will be quite a moment of regret as another goal would have sealed the 3 points. While making sure that one must finish off all their chances to win the game.

Fulham host the Cherries in next Friday’s top-of-the-table encounter. While mid-table Preston remains in Lancashire in local derby action next Saturday against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Fulham boss Marco Silva spoke to the Press stating :

“That was a big mistake from the referee and the linesman. There was an elbow in there and then a clear handball before the ball goes over the line. It’s difficult for us to accept, but again the referee had a bad performance.

“We’ve ended up losing two points, and it’s not been our fault again. We had a similar situation against Coventry. But it’s still an important point.

While the Preston Boss Frankie McAvoy said:

It was the least we deserved on the balance of play. I know there was a wee bit of controversy about our goal but I’ve seen it back and I’m not sure it was that bad.

“You always get some decisions that go your way and some you don’t. I thought the challenge on Tommy Barkhuizen might have been a red card, not a yellow. He might have to have an X-ray.”

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