Five talking points from Preston North End's victory over Hull City at Deepdale

Preston North End ’s win over Hull City saw them stay firmly in the promotion hunt ahead of away games this week against two teams above them in table.

Sunday, 23rd February 2020, 12:39 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd February 2020, 12:42 pm
Alan Browne celebrates scoring his winning goal with Preston team-mates Ben Pearson, Tom Barkhuizen and Josh Harrop

Paul Gallagher and Alan Browne were on target in the second half as PNE fought back from being 1-0 down at the interval.

Here are five talking points from the 2-1 victory.

1. The previous week against Millwall, North End manager Alex Neil had lamented the fact his substitutions hadn’t had the desired affect.

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Jayden Stockley replaces Scott Sinclair during Preston's victory against Hull at Deepdale

The opposite could be said in the Hull game, with two of them combining for the second goal.

Browne and Jayden Stockley climbed off the bench in the 58th minute as Neil made a double change.

Within 13 minutes, Stockley’s cross was headed home by Browne for the Lilywhites’ winner.

It was the fifth time this season a North End player had come off the bench to score – Josh Harrop had done it twice together with Paul Gallagher and Stockley.

Preston right-back Darnell Fisher goes past Hull skipper Jackson Irvine

2. Darnell Fisher lived up to his billing as first-choice right-back at Preston.

Injury saw him miss the Millwall defeat but he returned revived and fresh for the battle against Hull.

Within 20 seconds he had got himself involved in a tangle with Josh Magennis after shepherding the ball out for a throw in.

In the second half Fisher was a force going forward, getting into the box to meet a fine Gallagher pass and set up Sean Maguire who saw his effort cleared off the line.

PNE manager Alex Neil gives instructions to Paul Gallagher

Then he won the penalty for the equaliser, going to ground between Magennis and Callum Elder.

3. North End re-wrote a line in the club’s history books when they equalised against Hull.

It was the ninth penalty they had scored in the Championship this campaign, that a club record in league action.

PNE had scored nine penalties in the 2002/03 and 2004/05 seasons but in both campaigns one of the spot kicks came in League Cup action.

Saturday’s penalty was scored by Gallagher, taking his goal tally this season to six – four of them from the spot.

Gallagher has now netted 10 penalties in a Preston shirt, the 12th PNE player to reach double figures.

4. Victory over Hull was PNE’s 16th in the league this season and 11th at Deepdale.

This was the third time this season they had come from behind to win a game, having done so against Blackburn and Charlton.

Their home record is the best in the Championship, with them having gathered two more points than Leeds in second place.

5. Ben Pearson lived to fight another day in terms of avoiding a yellow card.

The midfielder is on nine yellows and one more will trigger a two-game ban with the amnesty being the 37th game of the season.

Pearson kept himself out of trouble against Hull, with Stockley the one Preston player booked by referee Stephen Martin for a foul on Reece Burke.