Preston suffered another defeat on Monday afternoon, losing 2-0 away at Wigan Athletic.
North End were in great spirits after beating Ipswich Town 4-0 on Good Friday, ending a four-game losing run. Sadly, it was back to losing ways on Monday. Leon Clarke opened the scoring from close range after Ben Davies botched a clearance, with Ryan Ledson then given a straight red card.
North End pushed for an equaliser but couldn’t find it, and Lee Evan settled it with a deflected strike. Wigan are now safe from relegated, whilst Preston are falling down the table.
Having been looking at a playoff place, five defeats in six means a top-half finish isn’t even guaranteed now. A big summer is coming, but fans will understandably be disappointed about the here and now.
Whilst North End fans will be disappointed, Wigan boss Paul Cook was seemingly impressed with Alex Neil’s side. Speaking after the game, Cook told Wigan Today that he thought North End were the better side – even after Ledson was sent off.
Cook felt Wigan were much inferior to North End, but they battled through to claim all three points. It’s not exactly much, but at least North End served up somewhere close to a decent performance.
“To be fair, Preston were better than us today – even with 10 men,” said Cook. “We looked leggy, we looked tired, we couldn’t get going, we couldn’t get to grips with the game. As energetic as we’ve looked for the last two games (against Leeds and Norwich) we looked the opposite today,” he added.