Preston got back on track on Tuesday night, beating Fulham 2-1 at Deepdale.
After four defeats in a row without scoring, North End got back to winning ways. Seani Maguire opened the scoring for Preston from Billy Bodin’s corner, before Denis Odoi was sent off for a late aerial challenge on Patrick Bauer.
The numbers were evened up when Joe Raffety was red-carded too, but Preston make it 2-0 after the break. David Nugent scored from close range, finding the net for Preston for the first time in more than 12-and-a-half years, bringing an emotional moment to the game.
Aleksandar Mitrovic set up a nervy finish with a deflected goal, but Preston held out for the win and moved back into the top six, ending that dismal run of form.
Preston players were unsurprisingly buoyant after full time, with defender Bauer celebrating the return of ‘that winning feeling’. Injured midfielder Paul Gallagher also tweeted, praising a ‘fantastic’ performance.
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There was also a message from Liverpool’s Preston-born defender Rhys Williams, who tweeted that Preston’s win had made his night even better having claimed a win on loan at Kidderminster Harriers.
With Nugent’s goal making the headlines, ex-Preston defender Sean St Ledger – who played with Nugent at Preston and Leicester – took to Twitter to react, suggesting that the striker was just doing what he does best by scoring.