A comfortable victory was handed to Preston North End last night after former England ‘keeper Jack Butland has a terrible evening.
North End’s clash with Stoke City at Deepdale was an opportunity to build the early foundations of a fortress this season after a 3-0 win over Wigan 12 days ago.
Fortunately for the club, Butland’s miss-handling of shots from Daniel Johnson and Billy Bodin early on in the first half helped to continue building the Deepdale fortress.
A cut back into the box was headed out before the ball found it’s way to DJ, who took one touch before lashing a shot at goal that seemed to go through Butlands’s hands.
A second goal came on the 25th-minute mark, this time a poor attempt at a clearance from the Potter’s ‘keeper came to Bodin, allowing him time to move the ball on to his left and slip a shot UNDER Butland from 20 yards.
Both sides had some decent chances before and after half time, but it was PNE that added to the goal tally.
DJ was at the center of things again, showing nice footwork before his left-footed shot saved and rebounded to Josh Harrop who buried the second chance.
James McClean did score a consolation goal in the dying moments. Not exactly making it a great Wednesday night trip up the M6.