Preston North End were in pre-season action this afternoon, taking on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Alex Neil took his side across the Pennines to take on the Blades, and he will be very proud with his side’s performance.

John Lundstram fired Sheffield United into the lead, but Preston pegged them back as Daniel Johnson scored from the spot after Tom Barkhuizen was fouled.

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PRESTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Preston North End manager Alex Neil during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Preston North End and Mansfield Town at Deepdale on August 29, 2020 in Preston, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)


Billy Sharp put United back in front as he converted a penalty of his own, only for Jayden Stockley’s last-gasp header to salvage a draw for North End.

The result wasn’t particularly important given that it’s only pre-season, but the quality of the performance was hugely encouraging from a Preston perspective.

Fans have praised many players for their displays, and Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has now shared his view on North End.

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Wilder told Sheffield United’s official YouTube channel that he thinks Preston have a ‘really strong’ group of players, even without the likes of Alan Browne and Seani Maguire.

Wilder added that he thinks Preston will ‘go really well’ this season, predicting a strong campaign for Neil’s side.

“They’re a really strong group of players,” said Wilder. “You looked at the group that played, and the players that they’ve not got playing and a few players on international duty, Alex and everyone connected at Preston North End have put a really strong group of players together, that I think… I believe, I expect them to go really well this season in the Championship,” he added.

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