Preston are into the third round of the Carabao Cup after beating Hull City on penalties last night.
North End named a rotated side for the visit of the Tigers, and served up a fine first-half display. Josh Harrop set up the first goal, whipping in a superb free kick for Paul Huntington to head in the opener.
Harrop then got himself on the scoresheet too, scoring on the rebound from Tom Barkhuizen’s saved effort. It was all going so well, but Alan Browne’s challenge on Leo da Silva Lopes handed Hull a penalty, which Josh Magennis scored.
North End struggled in the second half, and slipped up right at the end. Jarrod Bowen bundled the ball home for a 95th minute equaliser, taking the game to penalties.
Fortunately, Connor Ripley saved Tom Eaves’ spot kick, and Alan Browne stepped up to put North End into the hat for the third round draw.
Alex Neil will be delighted to have advanced with a bizarre line-up, in which Josh Ginnelly played at left back. The winger, signed from Walsall in January, has struggled for playing time, but finally got himself a Deepdale start.
It won’t have quite been how he imagined it. Ginnelly has no experience as a left back, but was forced to play there last night. Andrew Hughes is out injured, and Joe Rafferty – not even a left back himself – is being saved for the role.
Ginnelly fared admirably in his new position, and with so many wingers at the club already, you do have to wonder whether switching position full-time may be the only way for him to play regularly.
Different experience tonight but all in all through to the next round🔥.. Good to be out there❤️ @pnefc top support👍🏽
— Gino (@JoshGinnelly7) August 27, 2019
After the game, the 22-year-old took to Twitter to react to the game. He admitted that playing at left back was a ‘different experience’, and it’s now up to Alex Neil to decide whether the experiment goes any further.