Blocked view didn't stop Frankie McAvoy's enjoyment of Preston North End's draw with Championship leaders Norwich City

Frankie McAvoy admitted he had to have a second look at the late goal which brought him his first point as Preston’s interim head coach because he didn’t get a clear view if it in real time.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 8:00 am

Brad Potts’ deflected shot in the fifth minute of time added on, earned PNE a 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Deepdale yesterday.

They had trailed to an 18th minute goal from Emiliano Buendia, the Argentinian winger having found the net with a fine left-foot finish from outside the box.

After showing some promise in spells in the first half, North End lost their way in an attacking sense in the second 45 minutes.

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If anyone looked likely to score it was the visitors again, Teemu Pukki hammering a shot against the underside of the bar when clean through.

Step forward Potts to be PNE’s unlikely late hero, the whole team running to the technical area to celebrate with McAvoy.

“I struggled to see the goal if I’m being honest,” McAvoy told the Lancashire Post.

“When Brad got the ball I was shouting ‘get turned, get turned’. I saw him do that and then someone went in front of me – I think it was Paul Gallagher.

Frankie McAvoy celebrates Preston North End's late equaliser against Norwich at Deepdale on Good Frday

“The next thing I knew the ball had hit the net but I didn’t see it go in.

“The lads celebrated with us, that is what we are about, we are a group.

“Even the lads who hadn’t got on the pitch during the game wanted to come down and celebrate, that was good.”

McAvoy didn’t try to claim the draw was achieved with any sort of managerial masterstroke.

PNE interim head coach Frankie McAvoy on media duty after the 1-1 draw with Norwich

The Scot was pleased with some aspects of North End’s play, others parts not so.

He admitted the team had lost its way in the second half but was pleased with how they dug deep until the end to get the equaliser.

In terms of selection he went with a midfield diamond, Ryan Ledson, Daniel Johnson, Tom Barkhuizen and Scott Sinclair the four.

They played behind front two Ched Evans and Emil Riis.

McAvoy said: “The way I worked it was a 4-1-3-2.

“I thought Norwich would go 4-2-3-1 with two sitters and a No.10, which they did.

“It was about making sure the three lads behind the strikers worked as hard as they could, showing Norwich down the outside of the pitch.

“I thought at times we did that well, we pressed them and pushed them into traps.

“But sometimes when we got the ball we didn’t execute the pass well enough.

“I thought Ryan Ledson playing as the six was excellent. He had a tough shift because he was dealing with their No.10 and then when they broke the first line, he had to deal with that.”

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