Preston North End in Numbers: How goals are flowing at the end of both halves for and against the Lilywhites
We all know that the temptation is there.
Beat the crowds to a half-time brew or pie or head for the exit to make sure you don’t get stuck in traffic when the 90 minutes are up.
The stats tell us though that Preston North End fans would be well advised to remain seated and not miss a moment of the action.
Half of the Lilywhites’ 42 goals in all competitions so far this season have come in the final 15 minutes of each half.
PNE have been on target 10 times between minutes 30 and 45, Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen’s goals against Millwall taking that number into double figures at the weekend.
A further 11 have come in the last quarter of an hour of matches, a statistic aided by Andrew Hughes’ crucial late free-kick in the 3-2 win over the Lions that continued Preston’s fine run in the Championship.
It doesn’t just happen at the right end either.
The most prolific period of matches for North End’s opposition this season has been from the 75th minute onwards.
The latest of those 12 against came when Lee Gregory pulled a late goal back for visitors Millwall in stoppage time at Deepdale last Saturday.
Eleven have also been shipped in the final stages of the first half of matches.
Having regularly been involved in low-scoring games since their return to the Championship, it certainly hasn’t been dull watching North End this season.
If anything the balance wasn’t right in the opening weeks of the campaign as PNE shipped goals with alarming regularity, something which played a big part in them stuttering out of the blocks.
But as the Lilywhites have tightened up, the goals have continued to flow.
In total they are joint fifth in the Championship in the ‘goals for’ column but only last weekend’s opponents and today’s Sheffield Wednesday, have leakier backlines after 22 matches.
The goals scored so far this campaign have been spread around.
Callum Robinson’s 10 already equals the leading mark from last season, reached by both Sean Maguire and Jordan Hugill.
The Republic of Ireland international is, however, out for some time yet having injured his hamstring and will have to wait to add to his impressive early season tally.
Browne and Barkhuizen took their totals to seven and six, respectively, last time out with Louis Moult next on five. Daniel Johnson and Paul Gallagher both have four each.