Player ratings: Preston North End 0-0 Reading

Preston North End avoided defeat against Reading after a late penalty miss from Lucas Joao kept the scores at 0-0.

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 9:47 pm
The Preston players warm up before the game.

A even game throughout, North End were almost left cursing their luck but for a lack of accuracy 10 minutes from time.

Here's how the players fared on the day...

An excellent display from the loanee, showed an assurance in goal and never seemed to be flustered. Made some important saves throughout the piece, his best coming when the Royals were in fact offside.

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A solid display form right back from the skipper, could potentially nail down that spot if he gets a regular run there. Showed great control to pluck the ball out of the sky on multiple occasions.
A very Paul Huntington performance, ready to fight and won everything in the air. A big part of keeping out a very successful reading forward line. His first game at Deepdale since joining the 300 club.
Once again Ben Davies shows how good he is. His consistency is impressive as are his all round performances. A class above most forwards he comes up against and makes it look easy.
Did well down the left, coming in at short notice. Almost cost his side the game with a foul on Joao in the closing stages, despite starting off with a good defensive position.
He adds to his growing reputation in PR1, another cool display being the metronome in the centre of the pitch. Channelled his inner Paul Gallagher spreading diagonals at will.
Wayward in possession which is quite unlike him but did his best otherwise. Put himself about and made sure the Reading players knew him, did well to last as long as he did without a booking.
Got a shot away inside the opening 20 seconds but we saw little from him after that. Not on his own as there was little from either flank but will be disappointed with his involvement
Showed good energy from his spot behind the striker, good runs from that role too. Signs that he can grow into that role as he learns more about the players around him, likes to move deeper to allow others space too.
Like Sinclair, he just wasn't involved enough. Both wingers struggled to impact the game at all but didn't change their runs or styles. Potts did last the 90 however.
Like Sinclair he showed early signs that it could have been a decent game for the young Dane but he faded as the afternoon went on. Neil seemed frustrated with the influence his forwards had, Riis being taken off before the end.