Ryan Lowe won his first game in charge of Preston as they produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Championship. His appointment seemed to have galvanized the home fans as they took the field to rapturous applause. After a goalless first half, Preston captain Alan Browne gave the home side the lead before Barnsley captain Cauley Woodrow equalized three minutes later. With the game finely poised, Daniel Johnson scored the winner for the home side in the 78th minute to give Lowe all three points.
Preston’s Ryan Lowe: “I thought the lads were fantastic from front to back and back to front. They played some lovely football against a good footballing team like Barnsley and I’m very pleased to get the win. I thought we were a little bit cagey for the first 10 or 15 minutes. A new manager comes into the building and stamps his authority about how we want to play, but I thought the minute we got into the rhythm and the minute we started going forward we looked like a real threat.
Barnsley’s Poya Asbaghi: “If someone had told me after we scored the equalizer that this game would have been a loss against Preston I would not have believed them. It felt that we were going to be the ones that won. Then they got their free-kick which they used well and made it 2-1. So it was a massive blow for us.”
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