CRESSWELL RESCUES POINT FOR PRESTON
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Preston could have gone second in the table with a win, but they lacked any sort of quality and were lucky to have escaped the game with anything.
Cresswell (pictured) came off the bench to head home a brilliantly from Graham Alexander's cross, with just a minute left.
Barnsley had taken the lead just before half time when Darren Barnard struck home a Chris Barker cross.
The Tykes deserved their advantage, but Preston managed to get back on level terms just nine minutes into the second half when veteran midfielder Mark Rankine headed home a Jon Macken cross.
But Barnsley showed true character and within three minutes had taken the lead again when diminutive midfielder Alex Neill, who was playing on despite breaking his nose in the first half, got on the end of full back David Mulligan's ball to head in off the post.
The South Yorkshire side were well worth their lead and further efforts from Barker and Neill could have extended their lead and would almost certainly have given them their first away league win of the season.
However, Preston were to deny Barnsley when Cresswell rose with just a minute left to score his fifth goal of the season.