Preston North End made it back-to-back wins and climbed up to 7th place thanks to a 2-1 win over Swansea City.

Despite Swansea enjoying the majority of possession Preston held on for their 11th clean sheet of the season and Brad Potts’ goal was enough for the three points.

Not pretty but it got the job done

The first half was actually quite impressive and was up their with the best performances we had seen at Deepdale this season. Swansea are known for their attractive football under Russell Martin and they had won six out of their last eight games.

However Preston were showing off some free flowing football of their own with Ali McCann and Brad Potts linking up very well down the right hand side.

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Potts was finding space beyond Ryan Manning and a few balls into the box should have been met better by Emil Riis. It was a fast paced game but Preston were enjoying the first half and forced Swansea into a mistake.

Harry Darling didn’t deal with an Alan Browne cross before Brad Potts followed up Ched Evans saved shot. A mistake handed us the win, and it’s a credit to our defence that we have cut out mistakes like that on the whole this season. This one changed the whole game.

Pretty much straight after the goal it was a backs to the wall display but there is great confidence in the team now that they can shut out anyone.

Great energy from Potts

The former Barnsley player was relentless in the first half and was forever running up and down that right side. He was helping us stretch Swansea and was getting into some great attacking areas.

Despite fading in the second half his positional play paid off as he was able to be in the right place at the right time to score the winning goal.

The fact we haven’t signed a right wing back will always be brought up until we do. But in the absence of one, Potts has consistently done a good job.

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72% possession and 746 passes

Unfortunately these are Swansea’s stats but they emphasise the sort of team we were up against. It’s rare that we will see statistics like that for our team but at the end of the day it didn’t pay off for The Swans.

91% of those passes were successful but in truth they only tested Freddie Woodman twice and their former keeper reacted superbly on both occasions to ensure he kept yet another clean sheet. We’ve found another gem of a goalkeeper and luckily we have this one tied down permanently unlike many of his predecessors.

It’s easy for a team to sit back after going a goal up. The second half was stressful to watch and it felt inevitable that Swansea would score.

Substitutions could have been made sooner to allow fresh legs on the pitch as the whole team were tiring but luckily we kept chances to a minimum. As with all of our seven wins this season, a one goal advantage would prove to be enough. Another goal to kill them game off would at least allow us to keep our fingernails though!

Lindsay and Storey absolute rocks

There’s not much to say about this duo that hasn’t already been said this season. Not many would have predicted the sensational start to the season they would have.

They really do seem to be maturing and growing in confidence with each and every game. I’m not worried when a cross goes into the box now as I know they will be on the end of it. Storey’s loan spell has improved his game so much.

They don’t panic. They are always in the right place at the right time and a special mention to Andrew Hughes as well as he compliments the other two perfectly.

Whiteman off but Ledson stands in perfectly

Ben Whiteman has started every league game this season. He may miss Friday’s encounter with Reading though after suffering a thigh injury on Tuesday.

On came Ryan Ledson in is his place and he had a great game. Some pinpoint passing particularly when switching play from one flank to the other and strong in the tackle as always. The ideal replacement for Whiteman and will probably start on Friday now. A calm head and another player who we should be tying down to a longer-term contract as his current one expires at the end of the season.

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Josh McLoughlin
Josh McLoughlin

Combining my two passions of North End and writing. First game - 0-0 v Bristol Rovers 1996 Favourite player - Mark Rankine Favourite goal - Scott Laird v Manchester United

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