Cresswell knocks out old club
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Richard Cresswell's hat-trick enabled Preston to beat Leicester in the Carling Cup.
Richard Cresswell came back to haunt Leicester City as his hat-trick capped a stunning comeback for Preston to set up a Carling Cup showdown with former manager David Moyes.
Just two days after the teams had drawn 1-1 in The Championship, it was Preston who prevailed despite going down to ten men and requiring a last minute equaliser to send the match in to extra time.
Cresswell had the visitors in front in the first half before Claude Davis was sent off and Joey Gudjonsson converted the resulting penalty. Nathan Blake headed The Foxes in front, only for ex-Leicester striker Cresswell to equalise in injury time and then poach the winner in extra time to book a third round date with Everton.
Leicester were on top in the early exchanges with Gudjonsson rifling a shot just over and Andy Lonergan, who bizarrely scored against The Foxes at the weekend, doing well to keep out Matt Heath's header.
The visitors gradually crept in to the contest and had appeals for a penalty turned down on 28 minutes when Nikos Dabizas appeared to bundle Eddie Lewis over.
On 34 minutes, Preston did take the lead when Cresswell finished clinically beyond Kevin Pressman from Mark Jackson's cross.
The best save of the half was reserved for Lonergan who produced an excellent stop to keep out Danny Tiatto's fiercely-struck attempt.
After the break, The Foxes were struggling to make inroads in to the Preston defence until the 64th minute when the tie turned in their favour.
Davis brought down Gareth Williams in the penalty area, the Preston man was dismissed and Gudjonsson converted the spot kick.
With quarter of an hour remaining, Micky Adams' men forged in front when Blake headed in Chris Makin's cross.
But just as Leicester scented a trip to Goodison Park, Jordan Stewart fouled Cresswell in the third minute of injury time and the striker made no mistake from the spot.
At the close of the first half of extra time, The Lilywhites rattled the woodwork twice with Dickson Etuhu first being denied and then Cresswell also being thwarted by the frame of the goal.
Cresswell was not to be denied, though, as he completed his hat-trick on 113 minutes with a close-range finish from Omar Daley's cross to send Preston in to the third round.