Preston fell to defeat on Saturday afternoon, losing 2-1 at home to Rotherham United in a disappointing defeat.
North End were behind inside 20 seconds as Joe Rafferty managed to head Freddie Ladapo’s shot into his own net, but Preston laid siege to the Rotherham goal.
Chances can and went; Preston hit the woodwork, forced Viktor Johansson into a number of saves and just couldn’t force the ball over the line before being made to pay for it.
Ben Wiles fired home after some catastrophic defending to put Rotherham 2-0 up, and Ched Evans’ goal back for North End just couldn’t spark a fightback.
North End were largely disjointed – to be expected with so many new players trying to settle in – but Anthony Gordon was a major bright spot.
The winger was electric in the first half, taking on Rotherham defenders for fun and attempting to make something happen in the final third, even going close to scoring with a superb curling effort.
Gordon was substituted in the second half as Preston look to manage his minutes gradually given that he hasn’t played 90 minutes since September, but fans have been hailing him.
Some called Gordon the ‘big positive’ from the defeat, feeling that he is ‘absolutely quality’ and far too good for North End.
Others believe that Gordon just has an X-factor about him, and provided what Preston have been missing even if he couldn’t prevent Alex Neil’s men from falling to defeat.