Preston North End produced a superb performance on Tuesday night to beat Bournemouth 3-2 at the Vitality Stadium.
Alex Neil’s side needed a response after heavy defeats at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and Watford, and boy did they get it.
Tom Barkhuizen, Scott Sinclair and Patrick Bauer but North End 3-0 up, but Preston did have to survive a late onslaught after Junior Stanislas and Sam Surridge pulled goals back fo the hosts.
North End’s football was impressive throughout, and their goals were all outstanding in their own ways.
Barkhuizen’s goal came from a superb, sweeping counter-attack, Sinclair’s was a moment of individual brilliance as he chipped Asmir Begovic from long-range, and Bauer’s strike finished off an intricate set-piece return.
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However, Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall seemingly didn’t see it that way, making some bizarre comments after the final whistle.
Tindall told BBC Sport that he felt Preston didn’t deserve their goals because they all came from Bournemouth mistakes – and thinks they would have got a draw with another five minutes.
“They didn’t deserve to score the three goals as they were based on our mistakes,” said Tindall. “The first came after a free-kick, the second was miscommunication at the back and then the third was from a free-kick where we switched off at the back post.”
“I felt if the game went on for another five minutes we would have got something. We were asking questions but it wasn’t to be for us tonight,” he added.
Tindall’s comments completely bypass how Preston not only took their goals with real aplomb, but also that they controlled the midfield throughout with Ben Pearson and Ryan Ledson slowing the game down brilliantly.
Tindall attempting to devalue North End’s win is frankly comical, and that the game ran for more than 100 minutes and Bournemouth didn’t get a point suggests that Preston were good value for the win.