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Preston North End vs Sheffield United. Sky Bet Championship.


Preston North End 2

  • A Hughes (sent off 38th minute)
  • A Browne (71st minute)
  • E Ris Jakobsen (89th minute)

Sheffield United 2

  • J Bogle (17th minute)
  • B Sharp (39th minute pen)

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Preston 2-2 Sheffield United: Ryan Lowe's North End fight back from two down to draw

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Preston and Sheffield United at Deepdale as goals from Alan Browne and Emil Riis helped Ryan Lowe's North End to secure an unlikely point on Tuesday night

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston and Sheffield United.

Ten-man Preston pulled off a sensational second-half comeback as they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Sheffield United at Deepdale.

The hosts looked down and out after Jayden Bogle and Billy Sharp scored for the Blades before half-time, while Andrew Hughes was dismissed.

But Ryan Lowe's side were far from dead and buried and they staged a dramatic turnaround late on, grabbing a point thanks to goals from Alan Browne and Emil Riis.

Both goalkeepers were called into action in the early exchanges, with Wes Foderingham denying Preston's Scott Sinclair at one end and then Daniel Iversen tipping away Iliman Ndiaye's low effort at the other.

The Blades were not to be deterred though and they scored with their next meaningful attack when John Egan's bullet header was well saved, only for the ball to fall straight to Bogle.

The 21-year old was on the edge of the area, but he had only one thing on his mind and smashed a low drive through a forest of legs and into the back of the net.

That was United's first goal for nearly five hours of football and they would add a second before the break after Rhian Brewster raced through on goal before being hauled down by Hughes.

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The defender was shown a straight red card for his troubles and to rub salt into the wounds, Sharp stepped up to resoundingly lash home the resulting spot-kick and double the lead.

Both teams continued on the front foot after the break, with Ndiaye and Browne seeing good efforts well saved at either end.

Brewster was then guilty of not putting the game to bed as he wasted a pair of golden opportunities, twice failing to test the keeper from close range when in plenty of space.

That left the door open for a Preston fightback, and even with 10 men they held plenty of menace going forward.

Daniel Johnson and Riis both drew saves out of Foderingham before they halved the deficit with 19 minutes remaining as Browne calmly converted from 10 yards after being well picked out by Johnson.

That gave North End the momentum and as the visitors retreated towards their 18-yard box, Preston looked the most likely to score next.

Lowe called upon ex-Blade Ched Evans in the search for an equaliser and the striker duly delivered an assist by teeing up Riis to dramatically prod home from close range to make it 2-2 in the dying minutes.

The result leaves both teams locked in mid-table on 33 points, though Sheffield United move into the top half on goal difference.

What the managers said...

Preston's Ryan Lowe: "I'm pleased with the character, resilience and desire of the boys. Being 2-0 down at half-time is a tough scoreline. To have 10 men, I just asked the lads to give it everything they've got. We changed one or two bodies at half-time and changed a couple of things around and when we got that goal back, we felt we'd get another couple of chances.

"What a fantastic reaction from the group. They're a good set of lads and that's the first time I've seen something that's made me think they can be a special group."

Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom: "We threw it away. We undid so much good work at both ends of the pitch. It could have been three, four or five. We had some good chances from some good play and then there were two killer blows at the end. We had more than enough experience on the pitch to see it out. It's a sucker punch and a tough one to take.

"I think we made some shocking decisions at key moments. We should have been out of sight and we will look at that. It's really disappointing. But they were strange circumstances. If they had had 11 men, that wouldn't have happened. There are things for me to look at, definitely, and the overriding message is that we've undone all that good work."

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