Preston got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, beating Hull City 2-1 at home with a second half comeback.
North End lost 1-0 at home to Millwall last weekend, and really needed to get back on track as Hull – with one league win in 2020 to their name – arrived at Deepdale.
The first half was much like the Millwall game; North End frustrated, struggling to break down the visitors. This time though, the opener came in the first half, as Mallik Wilks headed Hull in front from close range.
That at least gave Preston time to fight back, unlike in the Millwall game. Darnell Fisher really started the comeback, winning a second-half penalty for Paul Gallagher to smash home.
Two substitutes then combined to give Preston the win, as Jayden Stockley broke down the left and crossed for Alan Browne, who somehow planted his head beyond George Long despite being surrounded by Hull defenders.
Preston held on for all three points, meaning Alex Neil’s side stay sixth, three points ahead of seventh-placed Bristol City.
North End needed a spark in the second half, and Fisher provided it. Firstly, he broke the Hull line to get in behind and tee up Seani Maguire, whose close-range effort was cleared off the line.
Fisher then won the penalty, setting North End up for the win. He was even at his annoying best in the first half, winding up Josh Magennis inside the first 11 seconds of the game.
Preston fans took to Twitter to hail Fisher, branding him ‘immense’ and ‘brilliant’, adding that he was ‘unreal’ and the man of the match in a strong performance from the right back.
— Alan Lafferty (@hilaffy) February 23, 2020
Fisher was immense. Got everything right, including his positioning. One of the best fullbacks in the Championship.
— Preston Updates (@prestonupdates_) February 23, 2020
To sum up yesterday, great win, ground it out in the end. Very poor first half, even poorer ref (nothing changes). Subs made at the right times, Fisher & Hughes brilliant. Great impact from browne and stockley, the latter having the turning circle of a challenger tank 😂 #pnefc
— Andy Nichol (@andy_nichol) February 23, 2020
Fisher MOTM for me imo
— Jacob Johnson (@JohnoPnefc) February 22, 2020
— phil humpage (@FillingmyFill) February 22, 2020
Well that was a game of two halves, massive three points! Fisher MOM just shows how much he was missed last week #pnefc
— Janine Clitheroe (@Janinepne) February 22, 2020
a game of 2 halves!! first half bad but we did it! fisher was my man of the match!! loved the header by Browne!!! 2 massive games ahead!!!! #pnefc
— Kimberley Ramshead (@kimramshead) February 22, 2020
Fisher stand out performance today #pnefc
— Ryan Naylor (@Ryan_Naylor21) February 22, 2020
— Fathead (@fathead35) February 22, 2020
Darnell fisher was unreal
— Andrew carter (@Andrew_Carter20) February 22, 2020