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Preston North End 0-2 Millwall: Preston's poor home form continues


Preston North End v Millwall
Preston were beaten 1-0 in each of their first three home league games this season, before losing 2-0 to Millwall on Wednesday

Preston North End remain goalless and without a point at home in the Championship this season after losing to Millwall at Deepdale.

The visitors looked the most threatening of the two sides for the majority of the contest and led early in the second half when Jed Wallace squared for an unmarked Kenneth Zohore to tap in the first goal of his loan spell from West Bromwich Albion.

Wallace added Millwall’s second from the penalty spot after namesake Murray Wallace was fouled in the box.

Under-23s manager Kevin Nugent, player-coach Shaun Williams and captain Alex Pearce were taking charge of Millwall because all of the club’s senior coaching personnel are currently self-isolating.

Manager Gary Rowett’s positive Covid-19 test was announced on Friday, and two further unnamed members of Millwall’s coaching staff have since returned positive results.

But the Lions made light of that disruption to extend their unbeaten run to four games and move into the Championship’s top six.

Preston have taken 10 points from their four away games so far this season but, in sharp contrast, have lost all four of their home league fixtures without scoring.

Alex Neil’s team did not register a shot on target until the 68th minute, when Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski thwarted Tom Barkhuizen from close range.

Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire: “We didn’t play well enough.

“To win any game, you’re going to need seven or eight players to play well, as we have had in the past couple of matches.

“Tonight, I don’t think we had anywhere near enough players playing well.”

Millwall captain Alex Pearce: “We’re all really happy and really pleased with the result.

“As for me, I’m proud of the lads tonight. It’s been a really difficult 48 hours or so for them, and it can be a bit unsettling for some players, but they’ve just got on with their jobs and they’ve come through this game with flying colours.

“The gaffer (Rowett) was right there behind them; he set everything up beforehand, and he’s been in touch throughout the game, directing on tactics, asking opinions on substitutions and pretty much everything else.

“The gaffer has been behind it all, but it’s also been a terrific team effort overall.”

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 15Rafferty
  • 5BauerSubstituted forHuntingtonat 45′minutes
  • 14Storey
  • 16Hughes
  • 8BrowneBooked at 90mins
  • 18LedsonSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 64′minutes
  • 31Sinclair
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 71mins
  • 44PottsSubstituted forHarropat 55′minutes
  • 19Riis Jakobsen

Substitutes

  • 3Earl
  • 10Harrop
  • 20Stockley
  • 23Huntington
  • 24Maguire
  • 25Ripley
  • 29Barkhuizen

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 12Romeo
  • 18Leonard
  • 19Woods
  • 14Malone
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forFergusonat 90+2′minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forBödvarssonat 72′minutes
  • 13ZohoreSubstituted forBradshawat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 8Thompson
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22Bödvarsson

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