Preston North End’s Emil Riis is a promising striker, but a makeshift left wing back he may not be after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Peterborough United.
Frankie McAvoy landed his first win of the new Championship season, beating the Posh 1-0 thanks to a Patrick Bauer header in the first half.
Preston had so many chances to seal the win and put Peterborough out of sight, but they just couldn’t beat Christy Pym.
In the end, the missed chances didn’t matter… but they so nearly did.
With the seconds ticking away, Peterborough found their star striker Jonson Clarke-Harris inside the box.
Stretching and clearly favouring his left foot, Clarke-Harris could only prod the ball towards goal with Daniel Iversen making a big save.
The ball was likely going wide anyway, but Iversen couldn’t be sure and made the save anyway – and that’s when the inquest began.
Preston have posted footage of the save, including Patrick Bauer and Andrew Hughes turning to berate striker Riis with both defenders unhappy.
This seems to be a two-pronged thing.
Moments before Clarke-Harris got in behind, Riis had the ball down Preston’s left. Josh Earl was making an underlapping run, and instead of killing time and going to the corner flag, Riis tried to find Earl, only to give the ball away.
With left wing back Earl stranded high up the pitch, Riis filled back in at left back with Peterborough coming forward.
Riis is no defender, and it showed as Clarke-Harris wandered away from the Dane, slipping in behind Hughes for the chance on goal.
Bauer and Hughes were furious with both parts, though many North End fans will love the leadership Bauer brought to the back line on his return to the Championship.
Riis is so exciting going forward; he’s quick, he can beat a man and hopefully the goals will flow this season.
McAvoy put his arm around a dismayed Riis at the final whistle and told him not to worry, as did Paul Gallagher.
Riis clearly didn’t want to cost Preston points, and just needs to put this behind him and bounce back at the other end of the pitch.