Preston’s home woes continue after Cardiff visit

By: Alex McNulty

North End made it three 1-0 losses in a row at home after a largely forgettable contest with Cardiff City.

The defeat also extends the Lilywhites home winless run, which stretches back to February – winning one of nine home games.

Cardiff, on the other hand, made it three away games unbeaten to start the season off and now find themselves 12th after the 1-0 win at Deepdale.

Preston manager Alex Neil, after the game, said: “ We have lost three games one-nil.

“We haven’t scored at home so far this season and that is obviously an issue we need to resolve.

“I wouldn’t say it is a concern. It happens in football and unfortunately we are finding ourselves on the wrong end of these results.”

Before the game, Preston were boosted by the availability of midfielder Alan Browne – who had been a doubt after a Covid-19 outbreak while away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

The Lilywhites were also looking to build on the impressive 4-2 comeback victory away at Brentford, their first league win of the season.

Likewise, Cardiff were able to field main striker Kieffer Moore after he limped off at Wembley in Wales’ 3-0 loss against England.

The Bluebirds were looking to add to an impressive 0-0 draw away at Blackburn last time out.

In a game that lacked, Cardiff came closest to breaking the deadlock just before half time.

Jordei Osei-Tutu floated a cross over to Kieffer Moore, who should’ve tested Declan Rudd, but headed over the Preston net.

North End did have a few efforts to their name in the first half, notably Sean Maguire and Brad Potts who fired straight at Cardiff keeper Alex Smithies.

The only goal of the game came early in to the second half.

Bluebirds’ Moore received the ball from a clearance, held it up well and evaded the challenges of Preston before feeding Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo.

Ojo dribbled past Ben Davies before firing a shot inside the near post, getting his first Cardiff goal in the process.

Preston’s struggles in front of home continued, with substitute Jayden Stockley heading straight at Smithies later on in the match.

Neil said: “We knew there wasn’t going to be much in the game.

“Last season we dominated here against Cardiff; I didn’t want that again today.

“The first goal was always going to be crucial. I don’t think they were much better than us, it’s just that bit of quality that we are missing.

“It is always a concern when you aren’t scoring, but last week we got four. It is a difficult one.”

The result leaves Preston in 18th and many unanswered questions of how to score at home, never mind win.