Preston played out an enthralling encounter on Saturday afternoon, drawing 3-3 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

After defeat at Wigan on Easter Monday, Alex Neil was looking for a response in the final home game of the season. It looked like he’d be getting just that at half time.

Jayden Stockley headed North End in front with his first Deepdale goal, finishing a well-worked free kick. Joe Rafferty’s run and cross produced the second, with a bizarre Tom Lees own goal making it 2-0.

Wednesday came out fighting after the break, with Barry Bannan smashing home their first goal. Stockley and Seani Maguire then combined for Alan Browne to restore Preston’s two-goal advantage with a superb strike.

Sadly, North End couldn’t hold on. Atdhe Nuhiu crossed for Fernando Forestieri to head in, and Kosovar ace Nuhiu made it 3-3 just moments later. There was more drama as Dominic Iorfa was given a straight red card, but it finished 3-3.

Preston North End’s Jayden Stockley celebrates scoring against Sheffield Wednesday. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

For a game that ultimately didn’t matter, it was a superb encounter, with both sides going full pelt. Darnell Fisher and Daniel Johnson starred, but the man of the match award went to Stockley.

The January signing from Exeter was making just his seventh start for North End, but really took his chance. Not only did he score, but his all-round game was superb. He won almost every header, even when falling over, and he showed off smart link-up play too.

Stockley, 25, laid down a real marker to be North End’s leading striker next season, especially with Maguire not impressing of late. His man of the match award was well-deserved, and it’s no surprise that he was hailed on Twitter.

North End fans took to Twitter to praise Stockley, calling him ‘outstanding’ and ‘magnificent’. Others felt he caused havoc, and has now emerged as Preston’s best striker ahead of the transfer window…

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