Preston’s tricky week on the road has ended with two defeats after a 2-0 loss at Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
North End knew this was going to be a difficult patch; West Bromwich Albion away and then Fulham away is far from ideal, and the 2-0 defeat at West Brom was a blow.
A trip to a wobbling Fulham side was maybe a more realistic source of points, and Preston were superb in the first half, creating a number of chances without managing to find the net as Brad Potts and Alan Browne went close.
In the second half, North End were made to pay. An own goal from David Nugent handed Fulham the lead, before Aboubakar Kamara and Ivan Cavaleiro broke clear, with the former tucking home to kill the game off.
North End had their chances but couldn’t make them count, meaning they’ve taken no points and scored no goals in their two trips this week, yet somehow still sit sixth in the league.
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There were encouraging signs, but the lack of a true goalscorer is limiting Preston now. With Alex Neil’s men still sixth, we’re still in and around the playoffs, but must find the clinical edge again.
After the game, defender Patrick Bauer – who forced a late second half save from Marek Rodak – took to Twitter to admit it was a ‘frustrating’ day, but felt North End ultimately didn’t deserve to lose.
The German added praise for the ‘outstanding’ Preston fans, and also offered a message of support to a Fulham fan taken ill at the game.