Preston North End won their final home game of the season on Saturday afternoon, beating Birmingham City 2-0 at Deepdale.

Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Brentford meant Preston’s playoff hopes were all but over, but ending the season on a high would still be a priority for Alex Neil and co.

It wasn’t a classic, but Preston did take the lead in the first half. Paul Gallagher’s corner was turned home by Patrick Bauer, bagging his third goal of the season.

Declan Rudd was called upon a couple of times in the second half, as Craig Gardner’s volley was arrowing into the top corner before Rudd somehow tipped it over the bar. North End’s first-choice stopper then made a great save to deny Harlee Dean from close range.

Brad Potts of Preston North End celebrates with Ryan Ledson of Preston North End after scoring against Birmingham City. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Preston eventually bagged the second late on, as Brad Potts broke into the box and finished brilliantly with a left-footed strike, wrapping up all three points.

Cardiff City’s win at Middlesbrough sadly means that Preston are mathematically out of the playoff race, and the focus will now quickly turn to next season.

There were some promising displays in today’s win, and midfielder Potts again showed his quality. He had been criticised heavily in the first half of the season, but has been excellent since the restart.

Potts operated on the right flank today, but showed his ability as a goalscoring midfielder when moved centrally following Tom Barkhuizen’s introduction.

Fans of Preston North End. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Fans took to Twitter to praise Potts, branding him ‘quality’ whilst tipping him for a big campaign next season, having looked a different player since football returned.

After months of criticism, it’s great to see Potts receiving this kind of praise – and let’s hope he can take this form into next season too…

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