Ben Davies in action for Preston against Sheffield United
Here are the North End player ratings from the Championship clash.
Tipped the ball on to the bar before Uniteds winner as PNE got undone at a corner. Decent save from Sharp in a one-on-one later. Got forward well early on down the right. Caught out of position a couple of times from a defensive point of view. A couple of hesitant moments but in the main helped keep Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick - goal aside - under control. Another assured display from the centre-half who reads the game so well. Makes room for himself well and doesnt panic on the ball. Looked nervous to start with, first touch at times was heavy. Good shout for a first-half penalty. Decent display in the deeper midfield role, his passing out to the wings was generally good. But yet another unnecessary booking. Had an impact on the game from the right-wing. Was a touch inconsistent but PNEs best chances involved him at some stage in the build-up. Playing his 200th game for Preston, looked a touch off the pace on his return from injury. Put in a block which set up PNEs best chance for Robinson. Played a more attacking midfield role than weve seen before and he did fine in there. Lots of enthusiasm but still learning. Played a lot better than at Reading last week but still looking to recapture that sharpness. Had two good chances saved. Worked hard up front to try and find space in between Uniteds three centre-backs but without much reward. Replaced Robinson in the 55th minute but couldnt spark an opening. Came on for Ryan Ledson to give some more creativity in midfield but couldnt find his range. Put a late shot too high Was the last throw of the dice to add some height to the attack. Put a late header wide.