Preston rounded off their pre-season preparations on Saturday afternoon, beating Newcastle United at Deepdale.
North End announced the game against the Magpies late in pre-season after a window opened, and finishing off against a Premier League side is great preparation for Saturday’s game.
Less than 24 hours after a North End side lost at Fleetwood Town, Newcastle arrived at Deepdale. Alex Neil named a side much closer to the one you’d expect to see at Millwall on Saturday, but were 1-0 down at the break.
Jonjo Shelvey’s free kick swerved and deceived Declan Rudd, bouncing off his hand and into the net. However, North End hit back after the break, or at least after Rudd had atoned by saving Miguel Almiron’s penalty.
Tom Clarke’s cross was handled by Jamie Sterry, allowing Pau Gallagher to equalise from the penalty spot. Patrick Bauer was then tripped by Joelinton, handing North End another penalty – and Gallagher scored again for a 2-1 win.
The win as maybe fortuitous, given the two penalties, but at least pre-season ended on a high. Neil will take plenty of positives from the game, especially Bauer’s display.
Bauer joined North End from Charlton back in June, but was making his Deepdale debut on Saturday. The German centre back – who scored his first goal for the club against Accrington just days earlier – turned in an impressive display against top-flight opposition.
He’s big, strong and good in the air, just as advertised. He’s also a fine leader though, and looks to be the defender we’ve been missing. Factor in winning a penalty, and Bauer appears to have some attacking threat too, which is an added bonus.
North End fans have been taking to Twitter to praise Bauer, with many branding him ‘class’. Others called him ‘absolutely immense’ in the North End defence, believing he looks like a great signing.
Patrick Bauer is class btw #pnefc
— Andrew carter (@Andrew_Carter20) July 28, 2019
Bauer was class today. #pnefc
— Tom (@tom_10789) July 27, 2019
Good performance today I thought, much better second half than the first – Bauer looks a great signing. Still thought we seemed to lack a bit of creativity going forward, one or two clever signings may sort that out #pnefc
— luke (@fortsandvodka) July 27, 2019
Good solid performance today. Bauer and Davies looked great at the back. As for Hughes, he is staking a claim to be as good as Cunningham. Aside from his mistake thought Rudd played well also. Got to be positive for next week. #pnefc
— Gareth Whittle (@garethwhittle24) July 27, 2019
Pat Bauer is the German Paulo Maldini, what a steal on a free #pnefc
— Oliver (@PNEOliver) July 27, 2019
Solid Deepdale debut BFG 🇩🇪🔥 Plenty more to come!
— Jordan Bennion (@j_bennion) July 27, 2019
Quality today Pat. Roll on millwall
— Tom Coulston (@tom_coulston) July 27, 2019
Thought you were absolutely immense. Strong and composed. Gave confidence defending corners as well
— Chris Smithson (@cdsmithson) July 27, 2019
1st time I've seen you today, my thoughts 'wow what a signing' bossed it today, hope you have plenty more games like today, 👍👍👌👌
— Tony'Woody'woodruff (@twoody1976) July 27, 2019