A classic game of two halves - Preston deserved a point says fan John Smith

Exactly 14 weeks  since the injured Ben Pearson limped  off the Deepdale turf our former talisman returned but this time in the colours of his new team Bournemouth.

By John Smith
Sunday, 7th March 2021, 12:14 pm

However, there was still no party after his new and old side fought out an entertaining draw in a classic game of two halves.In the first half, Bournemouth who have spent the last five seasons in the Premier League were by far the better side looking confident in bossing the game.

Even though I thought that their goal could have been disallowed for offside we were very lucky to go in at half time with just a one goal deficit.At this point it looked like manager Alex Neil would soon have an unenviable 10th home defeat on this seasons employment record.

Had his boss been like Reggie Perrins' overbearing one CJ in the situation comedy he could have expected to be called into the office for the whoopee cushion treatment and be told that he didn’t get where he was today by watching a team in a transition period.

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Tom Barkhuizen comes under pressure from Ben Pearson

However we began he second half like we were a different side and went on to dominate it. Most of our attacking play revolved round Ched Evans who had looked very isolated in the first half but saw more of the ball in the second as we went on the front foot and began to create chances.

It was his chasing down which lead to the defensive mistake which in turn lead to Daniel Johnson curling in the equaliser 20 minutes from time.

After this we looked the team more likely to go on and win the game but had to settle for a draw which in the words of our old manager Graham Westley would definitely have been deemed a winning one.

On assembling his squad Mr Westley once said that it was like feeding the garden putting a lot of seeds into the lawn and waiting for them to grow.

Lets hope that Saturday’s fine point is a sign that Neil’s new seeds could one day grow into a lush meadow.

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