Preston drew 1-1 with Swansea City on Saturday afternoon – and it was an important game for Scott Sinclair.
North End were looking to make it three wins in a row, and Sinclair opened the scoring in style as he cut in from the left flank before bending a shot past Freddie Woodman and into the net.
Sadly, it wasn’t a winning goal for North End, as Swansea hit back quickly. Andre Ayew broke through the Preston defence, and squared the ball for Rhian Brewster to score.
Neither side could find a winner, meaning both sit on the fringes of the Championship playoffs. North End will be hoping that Sinclair can now provide the quality needed to make the jump to the top six, especially having got off the mark.
Sinclair celebrated wildly after scoring his goal, and who can blame him? His 2019 was a frustrating one, sitting on the sidelines at Celtic having found himself out of Neil Lennon’s plans.
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Sinclair won’t have enjoyed the last 12 months of his career, and has a fresh start at Preston. Scoring that first goal will have been a release of joy and relief, as well as overcoming the frustration at Celtic.
However, his celebration hasn’t gone down too well in South Wales. Of course, Sinclair spent two years at Swansea, hitting 36 goals in 91 games for them before heading to Manchester City in 2012.
Former Preston and Swansea striker Lee Trundle took to Twitter to suggest that celebrating against your former club is a lack of respect, adding angry emojis when told that Sinclair’s celebration was ‘big’, even though the celebration was almost certainly his own personal reasons rather than anything aimed towards Swansea.