Tom Sandells looks at the talking points from Preston's Good Friday draw against Norwich City

Preston North End left it until the final seconds of the game to claim a point against Norwich City on Good Friday.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 11:43 am
Updated Sunday, 4th April 2021, 11:44 am

Emi Beundia opened the scoring in the first half, curling an effort in from 20 yards. The Canaries had their chances through the game but it was North End who scored the next goal.

In the 95th minute of the game Brad Potts collected Ryan Ledson’s long ball forward and found the net at the near post. TOM SANDELLS looks at four talking points from the game.

1. A new era begins.

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Brad Potts (hidden) is mobbed by his team-mates and interim head coach Frankie McAvoy after scoing his last-gasp equaliser

Whether you were on the Neil in or Neil out side, that’s all over now.

Having sacked manager Alex Neil shortly after the loss to Luton Town, it was Frankie McAvoy’s turn to take on the responsibilty of the top job at Deepdale.

He made three changes and changed the shape, opting for a narrow diamond with two strikers.

There were moments were Emil Riis and Ched Evans linked well but Scott Sinclair and Tom Barkhuizen in narrower roles didn’t quite suit the role.

McAvoy will take pride in taking a point from the clear league leaders, no matter how it came about.

2. A point is a point.

It wasn’t the type of football that North End fans would have been hoping for necessarily but it got the job done. The Lilywhites did spend portions of the game with their backs against the wall and thanks must go to Teemu Pukki for leaving his shooting boots in Norfolk, but you need the rub of the green on occasions.

It’s the kind of point that PNE haven’t taken on many occasions this season, and the first time this season that Norwich have gone ahead and not won away from home.

3. He’s got the players’ backing.

There were some question marks over Frankie McAvoy’s appointment and whether an fresh approach entirely was needed.

In the wake of Neil’s sacking there was clear support from his former players.

That support also remains for his countryman McAvoy. After Potts scored all of the players ran to the touchline to celebrate with the coaching staff.

It’ll have been tough for some players to see Neil depart but hey have a second chance now under his former No.2.

4. One down, two to go.

During the international break all eyes have been on the run of games coming up for PNE.

Less so an individual game but more that there were three tough games on the horizon, all shortly following after each other.

A point against Norwich is a good start, but Swansea City will be readying themselves to welcome PNE now.

Another high-flyer in the Championship. Next after the Swans is Brentford so it doens’t get any easier but a point is a solid start.

With the run of form the Lilywhites have been on, just not losing will have a positive effect, before hopefully kicking on once this trio of games is behind them.

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