Louis Moult celebrates scoring the winner at the City Ground
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Had a point to prove after last weeks mistake and certainly did that here. Made a fine save from Murphy and commanded his box well. The skipper was the man in the mask in order to protect his broken nose.Strong display at right-back, showed real leadership. Benefited from moving back to the right hand side of the central defence. Plenty of no-nonsense defending. Made a welcome return to the back four after injury and was his usual assured self in the middle. Came out on top against Grabban. The left-back made his first start since the end of October. Took a while to settle but grew in confidence as the game went on. How important was he to this win? Massively, used the ball so well, did the defensive side well and used his experience. Made a rapid recovery from a thigh injury and his return was a big boost. Not so effective in the first half but impressed in the second. Had PNEs best chance in the first half with a shot which the keeper blocked. Swapped wings when Barker went off and moved to the left. The most advanced of the trio of Prestons midfielders and worked tirelessly without too much reward going forward. He looked distraught when his hamstring went in the first half, forcing him to limp off. Had shown some nice touches early on. PNEs match winner, getting in among the boots to slid home the only goal. Grafted his socks off for his 73 minutes on the pitch. What a shift from the teenager. Came on for Barker, played on the wing and up front. Set up the winner. Replaced Moult as PNE chose to hold what they had. Acted as a shield in front of the back four. A stoppage-time sub for the tiring Johnson and helped run the clock down.