The four talking points from Preston North End's 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers

Preston North End got back to winning ways as Daniel Johnson and Scott Sinclair scored from 12 yards out to beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0.

By Tom Sandells
Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 8:00 am
Emil Riis in action at QPR.
Emil Riis in action at QPR.

A goal in each half was enough in a deserved win for the Lilywhites in the capital and here are four talking points from the game.

1. Happy travels.

As Alex Neil said post match, away games aren’t currently a problem for PNE.

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They’ve lost just once in eight away games in all competitions, losing only to high-flying Brentford at the back end of last season.

With Huddersfield Town planning to host Neil’s side at the weekend they may be wary of the record.

It may be that PNE's style is suited to be an away team but whatever the reason, it's benefitting the Lilywhites.

The issue is now to correct the home form, another point that Neil made post match.

2. A clean sheet to build from.

Clean sheets were an issue for PNE last term but an away clean sheet can really be something to build from.

A slight change in that Jordan Storey was in for Ben Davies but an assured performance all round all the same.

With North End looking blunt in attack at times in the past it’s put a spotlight on the backline but keeping the opposition out means fine margins can go in their favour - such as in London.

3. Paying the penalty.

PNE have now scored 19 of their previous 20 penalties and as mentioned, fine margins could be the difference.

Spot kicks are much less of a lottery in PR1 as they are elsewhere.

Daniel Johnson and Scott Sinclair did the honours in midweek but with Paul Gallagher also an expert and Alan Browne having looked confident in the past, a lapse in concentration can really cost sides who come up against PNE.

4. A bright start.

Emil Riis has unsurprisngly been the man of interest in recent weeks, as Preston’s new striker has waited for his chance.

The Dane got his first start against QPR and didn’t disappoint.

He showed all parts of his game, able to come short to feet, hold the ball up, dribble with finesse and running in behind.

Chasing one such lost cause won PNE their second penalty.

On another day, the 22-year-old should have had a goal, missing from just six yards out but he showed plenty of signs that he could be a hit at Deepdale.