Preston beat Blackpool 1-0 on Tuesday night with boss Ryan Lowe seemingly left a little baffled by the visitors’ approach in the second half.
North End grabbed the only goal of the game in the first half with Cameron Archer drilling a low strike into the corner of Chris Maxwell’s goal.
Preston couldn’t find a killer second goal but stood strong in the face an aerial barrage during the second half.
Blackpool went quite direct in an attempt to get at Preston, but it was easy work for Sepp van den Berg, Patrick Bauer and Andrew Hughes.
Gary Madine didn’t exactly get much out of the Preston back line, and even when he went off the pitch, Blackpool continued to go direct.
Blackpool sent 16 crosses into the Preston box but couldn’t muster a single shot on target during the 90 minutes.
Lowe will be happy with how his players stepped up and battled through the second half, claiming a huge win for every North End fan.
Preston players showed character when many fans questioned whether they had the bottle for the big occasion.
They showed attitude in spades and stayed focused throughout to claim a massive three points.
After the game, Lowe spoke to Sky Sports and was seemingly left a little confused by Blackpool’s approach especially in the second half.
Lowe suggested that he thought bringing on Jerry Yates and Shayne Lavery would force Blackpool to get down the channels and try to pull Preston’s back three around.
Lowe told North End to be a little more compact as a result, hoping to limit big spaces.
Instead, Blackpool went ‘a little big long’ according to Lowe, and seemed to question that approach with North End ‘comfortable’ playing against that style.
“Obviously when Yates comes on and Lavery, you’re thinking do they get down the sides of us and we tried to be a bit more compact, we told the lads to be a little bit more narrow, but they were forcing it a little bit long which… I don’t know, that’s down to them, but we felt comfortable in that,” said Lowe.