Tim Sherwood will be wishing he hadn’t been asked to cover Preston North End’s home clash with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

QPR claimed a 1-0 victory at Deepdale as their new boss Neil Critchley claimed all three points.

A scrappy goal won it and in truth, it wasn’t the most exciting game of all time.

Yet Sherwood somewhat embarrassed himself with his punditry whilst covering the game for Sky Sports.


Just over a minute into the game, Ben Woodburn went down under a strong challenge from Andre Dozzell.

Woodburn was clearing the ball away from danger when he was scythed down in front of Freddie Woodman’s goal.

Sherwood seemingly hadn’t really paid close attention to the opening 60 seconds or so and was left with egg on his face.

Sherwood was passionately suggesting that PNE could have had a penalty, or that Woodburn could be booked for diving.

“It’s a nailed on penalty,” said Sherwood as Sky showed footage of Woodburn going down.

The former Tottenham boss had also got Woodburn mixed up with Ched Evans, but that wasn’t really the big issue.

Eventually, fellow pundit Clinton Morrison pointed out the problem – PNE weren’t attacking in the QPR box when that challenge was made.

“It’s not a penalty, he’s defending! It’s the other way around!” said Morrison with Sherwood still confident a spot kick was being awarded.

Sherwood then realised he had got it horribly wrong on live TV with Morrison, Paul Merson and Michael Dawson left in absolute stitches.

This may end up going down in Soccer Saturday history alongside Chris Kamara not realising Anthony Vanden Borre had been sent off for Portsmouth against Blackburn Rovers in 2010.

Sherwood will have wanted the ground to swallow him up – and PNE will have wished that penalty shout was right having failed to find the net against QPR.

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