Preston North End 4-2 Fulham

Preston won the toss and decided to stay as they were so it was Fulham who kick off and it was Fulham who started the game more brightly. Preston we’re being pinned back as Fulham took the game to their opposition. The right hand side was were they were mounting most of their attacks and it was from a long diagonal ball over the top of our full back that saw Fulham take the lead.

A quick positional change by the Preston Manager so they threat nullified and as a result it was Preston who now were seeing more on the ball. A couple of half chances were missed before young Matty took responsibility into his own hands and fathom the equaliser out of nothing. It was a quality goal by a quality player.

The game flowed from end to end before Preston worked a free kick down the right hand side of the Fulham defence. Andy Dodwell who had created the gap, then latch onto the ball to out run his marker before waiting for the right moment to deliver his cross to pick out Dave our central defender who had come in unnoticed at the back post, there was still a lot of work to be done but Dave but he showed great composure before tucking his shot away into the bottom corner. A great finish to a great move.

Fulham even though they had a tough game yesterday refused to lie down and a controversial moment arrived when the ball looked like it had crossed the Preston line. But both the linesman and the ref were not convinced the ball had crossed the line fully. Their were shades of 1966 with the ref going over to the linesman but this time the decision went if favour of the defending team the outcome was a corner to Fulham.

Fulham did not let this get them down and continued to press and enjoyed their best spell of the game. However the luxury of a couple of fresh legs something Fulham didn't have finally turn the game in Preston favour. Fulham were leaving a few gaps at the back and as a result of couple of subs coming on it was Preston who claimed the vital 3rd goal.

This was from was another quality move before finally being put away by the young sub who was making his debut Chris. But Fulham still refused to accept defeat and came back again scoring a good goal to make sure everybody was kept on their toes for the final 10 mins. But Preston scored their final goal due more to tired legs on the Fulham part then anything done by Preston.

Massive thanks must go to Fulham who look and played their part in a great game of football. Credit to them for coming all this way and playing two games in two days. I think all the plaudits should go to them for that effort. Well done Fulham and we will return the favour the first chance we get!

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Top: Mike, Dave, Matt, Chris, Jimmy, Pete, Dan

Bottom: Atky, Johnny, Andy, Rosie, Des, Nick, Steve


Thanks to Dave for the pictures!


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