Dave Seddon gives his verdict on the Deepdale performance against Reading in Saturday’s 1-0 win.
Chris Maxwell 7
Had one effort to deal with, diving to save Joseph Mendes’ first-half header. His goal kick started the move for the winning goal.
Darnell Fisher 7
Another good game from the right-back, with him getting forward when the chance allowed as well as doing his defensive duties.
Paul Huntington 8
Wore the captain’s armband and took on that responsibility very well. A strong performance at the back.
Ben Davies 8
Very assured display in what was only his second start in the Championship. Looked comfortable next to Huntington.
Josh Earl 8
An eye-catching senior debut at left-back for the 18-year-old. Got into the game early and coped well with Modou Barrow.
Ben Pearson 7
Usual no-nonense, high octane stuff from the midfielder. Handled himself well after an early yellow card and kept his composure.
Daniel Johnson 8
DJ is thriving in Alex Neil’s new set-up and his passing range was excellent. He prompted many of PNE’s attacks.
Sean Maguire 8
Played on the right of the attack and gave the Reading defence problems all afternoon. His header played in Hugill for the winner.
J0sh Harrop 7
His first start for Preston and a decent one at that. His early use of the ball was a bit wayward but settled down well after that.
Tom Barkhuizen 7
His best display so far this season, getting far more into the game. His shooting needed a bit of polish but his cross for the goal was spot-on.
Jordan Hugill 8
Scored the winner, taking the ball on his chest and volleying home. Superb work rate in leading the line, held the ball up so well.
Subs used: Alan Browne 7
Joined the action in the 72nd minute in place of Harrop as PNE looked to firm up midfield. Set up Mavididi for a late chance.
Callum Robinson 6
Replaced Barkhuizen with five minutes to go, some added pace to try and exploit the gaps as Reading pushed forward.
Stephy Mavididi 6
Introduced in the 88th minute for Maguire, should have scored in stoppage-time when he was put clear on goal.
Subs not used: Marrnick Vermijl, Tommy Spurr, Kevin O’Connor, Mat Hudson
READING: Mannone, Gunter, McShane, Moore, Blackett, Bacuna, Kelly (Mendes 34), Popa, Swift (Evans 24), Barrow, Clement (McCleary 68). Subs (not used): Beerens, Ilori, Quinn, Jaakkola.
Referee: Andrew Madley 7
Attendance: 11,174 (374 away)