Preston North End staged a late comeback at Pride Park as they beat Derby County 2-1 to progress through to the third round of the Carabao Cup.
It was Alex Neil’s side who dominated the first half but the two sides went in with the score goalless at the break – Jayden Stockley and Sean Maguire both had great chances in the first 45.
But in the second half the hosts struck through Jason Knight and it seemed like it was going be the familiar tale against Derby – a side North End hadn’t beaten in 14 games prior to tonight.
Moments later though, the game swung back in PNE’s favour as Mike te Wierik was shown a straight red card for bringing down Maguire, who was through on goal.
Derby then sat in and tried to frustrate, but Tom Barkhuizen leveled the score 10 minutes from time with a thunderbolt of a volley from the edge of the box, that thumped in off the underside of the crossbar.
And then in injury time PNE were handed the chance to win it, when the referee penalised Knight for handball inside the area.
As if it were meant to be, Daniel Johnson – the man rumoured with a move to Rangers – stepped up and stroked home the winner from the spot in typically cool fashion.
It was a result North End deserved on the balance of play, and one that gives them momentum heading into the weekend’s league fixture at Norwich.
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If he is to depart, then it’s a fitting way for him to bow out.
DJ is a master at penalties and there was never really any doubt that he’d stroke that home.
Johnson fires it home and North End lead! Cool as you like and never in doubt.
Jack Marriott replaces George Evans – one eye on penalties from the Derby boss it would seem.
Fisher is on the ground after a strong challenge from Evans. North End’s bench not best happy BUT the two players hug it out as they hobble back up and carry on. Evans is booked.
If the scores are level at full time, there’ll be no extra time and we’ll go straight to a penalty shoot-out at Pride Park.
Rafferty’s cross made its way to the back post where Fisher cushioned the ball back, and Barkhuizen just let fly with a truly thunderous shot that nearly broke the net.
WHAT A GOAL. Tom Barkhuizen rattles in an absolute stunner off the underside of the crossbar. PNE level.
That’s more like it. North End work it quickly around the box and fizz it in to Harrop, who sees his low cross deflected behind.
Maguire takes a shot from the edge of the box which takes a wicked deflection, and Roos is forced to scramble over and tip it behind for another corner. Gallagher takes, but Derby clear the ball three times as the ball is headed away and pumped back into the box.
It’s gone a bit stale and North End are struggling to sustain any real periods of pressure at the moment. Derby are sat in and frustrating the visitors currently. PNE need that little bit of creativity or magic to get themselves back on level terms.
Tom Barkhuizen has just been called over by Alex Neil and he will be coming on shortly.
Lovely ball over the top from Gallagher forces Davies to put it behind for a corner on the left.
Free kick on the edge for Derby after Whittaker flew forward and dribbled past Huntington, who had no option but to bring him down. Rooney to take…
Phillip Cocu understandably turns to his bench as Curtis Davies comes on and slots in at centre-back. Louie Sibley is the player sacrificed.
The impetus is with PNE now and they really need to get back on level terms and make the man advantage count. If they can shift it up a gear and tire Derby out, there’s a great chance for them here to turn the game around.
Was it the right call? The ball just gathered pace as it skipped off the turf and te Wierik simply couldn’t catch Maguire, so he brought him down. It wasn’t a nasty challenge, but he gave the referee little option really.
Mike Te Wierik is shown a straight red card for hacking Sean Maguire down after a long ball caused havoc and the PNE man raced through on goal.
North End have been the better side and should’ve been ahead coming into this half, but they trail 1-0 to Derby once again at Pride Park.
They’re a real bogey side for the Lilywhites and Derby seem to do this time and time again against PNE.
Down the other end, Gallagher swings a corner in and Maguire guides it on, but it drops wide of the far corner.
A grim goal to concede. Jason Knight stabs the ball home into the roof of the net after PNE failed to clear the ball inside the box.
Good play from Browne and Maguire down the right as Fisher bombs on and sees his low cross blocked behind.
Gallagher swings the corner in and it’s again cleared by a Derby player – North End haven’t had much joy from their corners so far.
PNE get the second half underway here, with no changes made by either manager at the break.
All square at the break with the deadlock yet to be broken. North End dominated the first 30 minutes, but Derby clawed their way back into things without really creating any chances.
Harrop, Stockley and Maguire have all gone close for PNE and the visitors really should be ahead.
He’s back in the side and doing one of the things he does best – winning free kicks. Rooney is played through but Fisher covers the ground well, gets his body in front of Rooney and hits the deck.
It falls to Buchanan on the edge of the box but it’s a hit and hope as he swipes at the ball on the volley and sends his effort way over the crossbar.
The linesman takes his time in awarding a foul on Matt Clarke and Cocu storms out of his technical area and hurls something rather angry at the official. He’s been pretty quiet so far and won’t be too inspired by his side’s performance up until this point.
Top marks for the outfit though – full black suit, white shirt and black tie, and he pulls it off pretty well to be fair.
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