PNE's three best players against Sheffield United: Homegrown talent and £50k star shine
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Preston North End's three best players against Sheffield United

Preston North End produced a superb late show to clinch a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United on Tuesday night as Emil Riis bagged a last-gasp equaliser.

PNE fell behind early at Bramall Lane as Morgan Gibbs-White fired the Blades ahead.

North End did get themselves level though. A raking pass from Ryan Ledson found Daniel Johnson, and with Robin Olsen out of position, Johnson was able to ghost in and score.

PNE were by far the better side for much of the game, but couldn’t take advantage. When Emil Riis had a one-on-one saved, it looked like North End would regret it.

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Sander Berge scored almost immediately to put the hosts ahead, firing through Daniel Iversen.

Riis made amends though, smashing home from inside the box after United failed to clear a free kick.

The travelling fans went absolutely bonkers at Bramall Lane as North End snatched a point.

Here are our three best players from Tuesday’s game…

Daniel Johnson

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Arguably the best player in the PNE side this season. Johnson scored his 50th goal for North End with his equaliser.

Having cost just £50k from Aston Villa in 2015, that’s just £1k a goal – one of North End’s best signings in recent times.

Not only took his goal well but made PNE tick going forward. Always looked dangerous, kept the ball superbly and took up great positions as a floating number 10.

Josh Earl

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Earl has overtaken Greg Cunningham as PNE’s first-choice left wing back and you can’t see the Irishman getting back in.

Earl offers such a great outlet up the left flank. He got forward brilliantly against Sheffield United and often showed quick feet to beat United players.

PNE completed seven dribbles as a team against Sheffield United. Three of them came from Earl.

The 22-year-old is in fine form at the moment and long may it continue.

Andrew Hughes

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Hughes isn’t always the most popular North End player and has been criticised for his play at left back.

Yet at left centre back in Frankie McAvoy’s 3-4-1-2, Hughes is playing well.

He offers great cover behind Josh Earl when he needs and has the ability to switch the play.

With one tackle, two interceptions and four clearances last night, as well as three aerials won, Hughes was very good against Sheffield United.

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