Talking points from Preston North End's 0-0 draw with Hull City
and live on Freeview channel 276
The Lilywhites had the better of the chances and should have won the match, a similar story to the 0-0 draw at Wigan Athletic the week before.
Troy Parrott had the best opportunity in the match, released excellently by Ben Woodburn in behind where he delayed a little too much and saw his shot saved by the Tigers’ Matt Ingram.
Here are four talking points from the game…
Goals, goals, goals.
North End need goals, it’s as simple as that. Whilst only two games into the season it seems that it could be the biggest issue for them for this campaign.
Last season, away from Emil Riis, goals were generally hard to come by from the current crop. Creating chances doesn’t seem too bad so far, but they must take them.
It could be a moot point soon, they could find their scoring touch and might not look back but in back to back weeks they have been missing the cutting edge.
To the positives, and North End’s back line has looked very impressive in the two games.
Despite the quartet never having played together before this season, Freddie Woodman, Jordan Storey, Liam Lindsay and Andrew Hughes are looking like a well-oiled machine at the back and have barely been troubled.
Their organisation and ability to cover for each other, as well as offer some attacking input too is credit to the work that all of them have put in, despite setbacks.
Storey was shipped out on loan last season, to his surprise, with Lindsay having to settle for a bit part role at times.
Hughes’ consistency since settling into the left centre back role has been remarkable and Woodman was reduced to only cup competitions whilst out on loan last season.
They’re taking their chances and giving Ryan Lowe’s side a solid foundation to build from.
Johnson’s 300th game.
It was talked about in the build up to the game but it again needs saying that reaching 300 games is an incredible achievement for Daniel Johnson.
An excellent servant for PNE during his six-and-a-half seasons at the club, the Jamaican has helped them into the Championship and to build from there too.
He’s someone that knows the club and what it means to be a North End player.
It was a nice touch too from skipper Alan Browne to hand over the armband for the day to allow Johnson to lead the team out. He now joins Browne, Paul Gallagher and Paul Huntington as recent modern players in the 300 club.
Get well soon Duck.
It was announced just prior to the game that the Deepdale Duck would not be in attendance for the first home game of the season.
That is because the man behind the duck, Simon Nash, is currently unwell.
It was good that there was no duck without Simon and hopefully he is soon back in the suit wandering up and down the touchline.