Preston vs Nottingham Forest by Luke
Preston didn't manage to secure a three pointer last time out two weeks ago away to Blackburn, even though they were the first one to take the lead, in 13th minute with a goal from Barkhuizen. However, hosts exploited lack of concentration in their team well and leveled up the result towards end of the first halftime via Bennett.
Same thing happened in the second halftime when the hosts took the lead suddenly after ten minutes of play via Conway, however without much of attacks later on. Players of Preston tried to react but without concrete attacks, as they were lucky to find a way to equalizer in second minute of additional time via McGeady. The team now remains undefeated in last three matches, but are at ninth position with five points less than play-off placed Sheffield Wednesday and need a victory here in order to stay competitive in promotional battle.
Home team won't be able to count at long term absentees defenders Calum Woods (no appearance so far), Tyias Browning (5/0) and John Welsh (6/0) with the team actually being with all best players available.
Nottingham Forest, on the other side, also took a point, in a 2:2 draw also, in front of own fans against Derby County in the most recent game played. This result saw them breaking mini negative run of two defeats, but the team can't be really very happy with the performance showed in that game.
They took the lead in fifth minute via Clough and remained with more of ball possession, however players of Derby were the ones who had much more chances created, meaning to revert the scoreline in 47th via Vydra and in 53rd via Nugent, while the players of Nottingham reached the point luckily, with a goal in fourth minute of additional time scored by Pinillos. The team is now just a point above relegating placed Blackburn and needs to get something out of this match.
Visitors won't be able to count at goalkeeper Stephen Henderson (12/0), defender Jack Hobbs (9/0) and forward Matty Fryat (no performance so far anyway). Defender Damien Perquis (17/2) is doubtful for this one.
There's obvious quality difference between these two teams and all Preston needs to do is to make a solid game in front of their fans. Nottingham isn't naive, however their performances away from home have been more than disappointing all season long and I don't see this being changed this time around.