North End fans were treated to a well deserved and last minute equaliser on Tuesday as they drew 2-2 with Sheffield United.
The fans who formed our £33 for a ticket at Bramall Lane enjoyed the jubilant celebrations as Emil Riis stabbed home in the 95th minute.
They face another tough test on Saturday as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to Deepdale. The Baggies are yet to taste defeat and sit joint top of the Chanpionship with Bournemouth.
They have five former Preston players amongst their ranks who could line up on Saturday.
Callum left Preston in 2019 much to the dismay of Preston fans but he had earned his chance of playing in the Premier League. He joined Sheffield United but didn’t quite fit into Chris Wilder’s formation at the time.
He got another shot at the top flight with West Brom last season and had a couple of memorable performances against Chelsea, scoring two in each game. He’s started this season well and has become a fan favourite for his displays on and off the pitch.
Another former Preston favourite is at West Brom too. Hugill joined on loan from Norwich City in August. We know all too well how well he can link up with CR7. He’s been a thorn in the side before when he visited with Queens Park Rangers in the last game before lockdown restrictions first hit us.
Both players are sure to get a good reception from the fans and it’ll be nice to see them back, but hopefully they have a quiet game.
Now a regular in the England squad, Johnstone has come a long way since his spell with Preston. Part of the play-off final winning team in 2015 he is now one of the best English ‘keepers around. A loan spell at Aston Villa followed his two short spells at Deepdale and he was The Baggies player of the year last season.
You’d expect him to make a move back to the Premier League next year if the Preston born stopper doesn’t achieve it with his current club this season.
Amazingly it was six seasons ago that Reach was with Preston. Signed on loan from Middlesbrough in North End’s first season back in the Championship, Reach made himself a key player for the side. He was very versatile for Simon Grayson, playing down the left hand side and also as a number 10 on occasions.
His direct running, and strength made him a player that the club wanted to bring back on a permanent deal. Sheffield Wednesday gazumped Preston with a huge bid for Reach and he spent the last five years with them. His spell there including a last minute equaliser against Preston at Deepdale.
Signed by West Brom on a free transfer this summer he has mainly been on the bench for them.
The most recent of the Preston alumni in the West Brom squad is Jayson Molumby. He was on loan with Preston for the second half of last season.
Molumby didn’t see much game time in the very competitive midfield area. The Republic of Ireland international is still highly rated by Brighton and Hove Albion and will hope to see more time on the pitch at West Brom than he did with North End.