Andrew Hughes scored a late winner as Preston produced one of the comeback football results of the weekend in the Championship. Ben Wilmot opened the scoring for the home side just after the break with one of the goals of the season before Brad Potts equalized at the hour mark. Andrew Hughes then scored his first goal in three seasons to ensure that Stoke has just one win in their last six league games.
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “We got punished and lost the game against Derby for giving the ball away in a bad area and today we got punished off a set-piece. We had a much younger team at the start of the season, but we had a very experienced line-up for this game. We would have hoped that would have held us together at times, particularly when they equalized. But we stopped playing at 1-1. That’s a mentality situation so we must continue to work with players to make sure we avoid this happening again.”
Preston’s Ryan Lowe: “We could have scored early doors, I thought we might have had a penalty too, so when they score a worldie strike, you think, ‘Is that justice? Is that going to seal the game?’. Sometimes you can’t do anything about a worldie strike. Marshy (first-team coach Mike Marsh) had the boy at Swansea. Apparently, he used to practice that every day and never hit the target once. All of a sudden he hits one into the top stanchion.”
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