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Preston fans react to Patrick Bauer's performance against Peterborough

Preston finally picked up their first win of the Championship season by beating Peterborough United 1-0 at Deepdale thanks to Patrick Bauer’s goal.

North End had lost three games in a row to start the season, but finally grabbed three points to hopefully kickstart the season.

Bauer’s first-half header proved to be the winning goal, with the German powering an effort into the net from a Ryan Ledson free kick.

Preston had so, so many chances to add to their lead.

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Daniel Johnson had a number of opportunities, as did Scott Sinclair. Ben Whiteman was unlucky with a couple of long-range efforts, Andrew Hughes had a header tipped over, Emil Riis forced a save from Christy Pym and Brad Potts fired straight at him late on.

This could have been four or five, but Preston had to settle for one. A victory and a clean sheet is just what Frankie McAvoy needed.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 21: Preston North End’s Patrick Bauer celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Peterborough United at Deepdale on August 21, 2021 in Preston, England. (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The key man in both of those things was Bauer.

The German centre back is back in action after a lengthy absence with a torn Achilles, with Saturday his first league start since December 2020.

Bauer got himself on the scoresheet and helped solidify Preston’s back line, showing he can still be a key man even after such a long time on the sidelines.

North End fans took to Twitter to rave about Bauer, branding his performance ‘outstanding’ and ‘brilliant’.

Others feel that Bauer makes a huge difference to Preston’s back line, and should even be in contention for the captaincy having led the defence perfectly against Peterborough.

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