Preston finally dropped points at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon, drawing 3-3 with Bristol City.
Taylor Moore and Andi Weimann had put Bristol City 2-0 up, but North End hit back. Penalties from Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson hauled North End level, only for Nathan Baker to put the Robins ahead again.
Patrick Bauer thankfully rescued North End with another equaliser, meaning the two sides took a share of the spoils.
Alexx Neil will be disappointed with defensively frailties returning, especially from set pieces, and much of the blame has been placed at the feet of Declan Rudd.
The North End goalkeeper had ups and down last season, but North End chose not to replace him this summer. The 28-year-old started the season as first choice, and had looked solid following Jonathan Gould’s arrival as a goalkeeping coach.
However, his position has again been debated after Saturday’s display, with some supporters worried. For the first two goals, Rudd came to claim crosses but ended up on the deck, believing he had been fouled in both instances.
Both goals stood though, with the second the most dubious, as it appeared that Weimann had pushed Daniel Johnson into Rudd.
Fans have been taking to Twitter to comment on Rudd, believing that he was too weak on both goals. Some even want a new goalkeeper, as Connor Ripley isn’t the answer either.
Others suggested Rudd was having a ‘nightmare’ against Bristol City, with some questioning him once again after the criticism seemingly subsided in recent weeks.
We need a new goal keeper ASAP! (Only been saying it two years) Rudd is absolutely powder puff 😂 too busy moaning about the first when he dropped on the floor for the second. Good point in the end #catchtheball #pnefc
— 🇬🇧Carl Reynolds🏴 (@CReynolds85) September 28, 2019
Get in Patrick! If I were gaffer my final sub would not genuinely be to bring Ripley on for Rudd #pnefc
— @weybournepne (@weybournepne) September 28, 2019
Rudd’s having a nightmare
— Pnefc Transfers (@Pnefc_Transfers) September 28, 2019
Though the new goalkeeping coach had fixed Rudd & that he was class again 🤔 #pnefc
— Adam Astley (@adamjastley) September 28, 2019
Declan Rudd. I’m sorry but that is really poor. What are you going down for? 😫 #pnefc
— Josh Gardner (@JoshGardy) September 28, 2019
Weak from Rudd there #pnefc
— Michael Norcross (@mnorcross84) September 28, 2019