Preston North End won Ryan Lowe’s first game in charge on Saturday, beating Barnsley 2-1 at Deepdale with Ben Whiteman turning in a superb display.
Lowe will have been hoping for three points in his first game as Preston boss and got exactly what he wanted.
Alan Browne opened the scoring, firing home from a Daniel Johnson pass.
Cauley Woodrow brought Barnsley level, but Preston weren’t going to be denied.
Substitute Ryan Ledson pulled off a lovely free kick routine with Johnson, who smashed in what proved to be the winner.
That’s a perfect start for new man Lowe, and Whiteman was a vital part of the success.
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Preston fans rave about Whiteman
When analysing Lowe’s 3-1-4-2 setup at Plymouth, many Preston fans earmarked Whiteman for the holding midfield role.
Often used in a two under Frankie McAvoy, Whiteman is being used as a midfield pivot under Lowe.
Whiteman not only controlled the game going forward against Barnsley but also racked up 10 interceptions on the defensive side.
It looks like Whiteman will have a vital role to play under Lowe, and Preston fans have been praising him on Twitter.
North End supporters took to Twitter to suggest that Whiteman was ‘absolutely magnificent’ and ‘world class’.
Others felt he ‘oozed quality’ in midfield and is ultimately key to Preston’s success, praying that he stays fit under Lowe.