Preston North End continued their unbeaten run with a battling 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, with Patrick Bauer shining.
PNE were unbeaten in four heading into Saturday’s game. That run almost ended at Sheffield United in midweek, only for an Emil Riis leveller to save the day.
Against the Baggies, Preston took the lead. Riis teed up Ben Whiteman, and his long-range strike took a deflection to wrong-foot Sam Johnstone and find the net.
PNE couldn’t quite make it to half time in front. Matt Phillips levelled in controversial circumstances, with the throw-in that set up the goal seemingly taken much further up the field than it should have been.
Frankie McAvoy’s men had to dig in after the break. They were well worth the point in the end, and move to five league games without defeat.
Bauer shines against former PNE striker Hugill
West Brom’s goal wasn’t the only controversial moment.
Former PNE striker Jordan Hugill landed an early elbow on Patrick Bauer’s nose.
The German was left bloodied and bruised, yet Hugill somehow escaped punishment.
For the rest of the game, Bauer wouldn’t leave Hugill alone. Bauer was physical and committed throughout, taking every opportunity to give a bit back to Hugill.
The one chance Hugill got, he tamely fired straight at Daniel Iversen.
Bauer was outstanding in the heart of the PNE defence. A whopping 11 clearances as well as one interception, one blocked shot and six aerial duels won.
In a physical and attritional game, Bauer stood tall – even after his early blow.
His leadership has been a welcome boost this season, and North End fans have been taking to Twitter to rave about his performance…