Preston North End made it four away wins in a row on Wednesday night, beating Reading 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

Daniel Johnson saw his second half spot-kick saved, but Scott Sinclair, Emil Riis and Brad Potts came up with the goals to give Preston all three points.

This continued North End’s bizarre run of being winless and pointless at home, but unbeaten away from home this season, with Alex Neil no doubt scrambling for answers.

Last night, Neil was forced to use something of an unfamiliar back four, with Joe Rafferty and Darnell Fisher as the full backs, flanking Jordan Storey and Paul Huntington.


There was no Ben Davies, no Patrick Bauer and no Andrew Hughes, but North End still managed to keep an impressive clean sheet.

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Huntington once again did what he does; he came in with little match sharpness but was solid in the heart of defence, frustrating Reading throughout.

The 33-year-old won five aerial duels, made one tackle, one interception and two clearances whilst also blocking a shot in a strong display.

Signed rom Yeovil Town way back in 2012, Huntington is a cult hero at North End due to his longevity and committed performances, with a testimonial now in sight.

He may be fourth-choice centre back, but Huntington can always be relied upon as a solid centre back and as a leader, with Neil offering huge praise after the final whistle.

Neil gave a ‘special mention’ to Huntington, noting that he ‘loves’ the big defender because defends with his life and just truly loves to keep goals out.

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