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Preston post-match notebook: A huge win, but Frankie must keep going now

Preston North End won away to Bournemouth for the third time in a row, and for the third time it was against all odds. In 2016 Simon Makienok scored a famous hat-trick in the League Cup. Last season Preston triumphed 3-2 with the help of a spectacular goal from Scott Sinclair.

This time around they were up against a Cherries side who were yet to taste defeat in the Championship this season. On paper there was a massive gulf between the sides, but Preston managed to get a 2-1 win over Scott Parker’s side to send home the fans who had made the long, long journey down south, with smiles on their faces.

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Once Riis starts scoring his one on ones, he’ll be unstoppable

We saw the best and the worst of Emil Riis against Bournemouth, as we typically do in most games. He was superb for the assist for Ali McCann. A surging run down the left hand side and his pace and strength was too much for the Bournemouth defence. He perfectly played the ball back for Ali ‘McKante’ to apply the finish much to the delight of the North End following.

Shortly afterward his pace was on show again, as he raced down the left and clean through on goal. The local radio commentary nicknamed him Usain Bolt due to his burst of pace. All he had was Mark Travers to beat. He could have put it either side of him, but instead scuffed it straight at him. He’s playing with confidence but when he’s got too much time to think he gets things badly wrong.

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McAvoy should turn attention to next game

Frankie McAvoy has made some interesting comments in the last few weeks following wins over Coventry City and Luton Town. Firstly he said some fans may be disappointed the team won, and he followed that with some strange words on our recruitment. He suggested the recruitment team should be applauded for their work and all the players should be embraced. It was a weird comment, considering the disaster of a transfer window we had in the summer. Most incomings are either injured or out of the 25 man squad, but there’s no doubting players like Ali McCann are already huge favourites with the fans.

This is a huge win against Bournemouth, one that very few would have predicted. Attention must move to another away game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. McAvoy should appreciate the fans, and also appreciate this game could be a huge turning point in the season, and in his career as a manager. The fans are well behind the players, but McAvoy still has some work to do.

I’ve run out of words to describe Iversen

Honestly, where would we be without this man? The saves he makes when you feel a goal is certain are plentiful in most games. On Wednesday it looked as if Jamal Lowe was about to make it 2-2 when he was left with an easy chance from a few yards out. Iversen stretched his body and legs out and managed to save from Lowe with his foot, much to the disbelief of everyone. I’ve already compared him to another Dane in Peter Schmeichel once this season, but it was very alike the Manchester United legend again.

Huge credit goes to Patrick Bauer again today he contributed to a solid defensive display.

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Barkuizen on the right gives much more balance

We look a lot better with Barky in that right-wing back role. It’s probably not his favourite position but he has done very well in the last two games. His pace is always an asset and it makes us much stronger attacking wise. We did very well on the right hand side throughout the game.

The first goal came from Barkhuizen’s cross. Whilst it bounced around a little bit before Ben Whiteman hit it, it’s certainly better having someone with Barkhuizen’s crossing ability in that role than Sepp van den Berg. I’m a big fan of Sepp, but he’s best as a defender and has looked great on the right side of that back three.

Long throws don’t work for us

We possess two players in Emil Riis and Tom Barkhuizen who have a long throw in their armoury. There’s no doubting they can get a fair distance on them as they get launched into the box, but they don’t pay off for us. We very rarely even win this first header. The throw ins are looped in and don’t cause any immediate danger to the defence.

We’ve used them all season and I don’t think we’ve scored from one yet. When Riis takes them, it means our most potent scorer is not in the box, which is pointless really. We don’t create many chances as it is, but these are just wasted. It would be better to take a shorter corner, and whip a cross in instead.

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Maguire was playing too deep in the first half

Seani Maguire is usually alongside Emil Riis up front but he practically played in midfield on Wednesday night. In the first half especially he struggled to get involved in the game and it left Riis too isolated up front. We resorted to long balls but they didn’t pay off with the Bournemouth defence, particularly Lloyd Kelly not giving Riis a sniff.

In the second half, Scott Parker was chopping and changing the Bournemouth formation. Maguire was given more space and was key to the opening goal. He controlled the ball well, brought it down and picked out Barkhuizen on the right hand side. His all round game is good, but he desperately needs a goal as well.

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