Preston North End 3-0 Cardiff City

14 Sep

Rickie Lambert (left) challenges Alan Browne


Cardiff’s deadline-day signing from West Brom, Rickie Lambert (left), challenges Preston’s Alan Browne

Preston North End claimed their second win of the season against Cardiff City, who lost a third Championship match in a row.

Captain Tom Clarke fired Preston in front from close range and Callum Robinson added a second before half-time.

The hosts sealed victory with Jordan Hugill’s emphatic late finish.

Cardiff drop to 21st in the table, only clear of the bottom three on goal difference.

Preston dominated throughout and took the lead after 36 minutes, when a fumble from Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Wilson allowed Clarke to score his first goal since 2014.

The home side were further ahead just five minutes later as Robinson struck with a low finish.

Cardiff head coach Paul Trollope abandoned his favoured 5-3-2 formation to a 4-3-3 at half-time and the switch prompted an improved performance after the restart.

However, Preston continued to threaten and were close to scoring a third when Paul Gallagher’s free-kick clipped the top of the crossbar.

The Lilywhites’ domination was eventually rewarded when Hugill struck with a powerful long-range effort.

What the managers said

Preston manager Simon Grayson: “I’m really pleased, you can’t fault anything that we’ve done.

“It’s an addition to how we played in the second half against Barnsley, we carried that forward. We’ve spoken about it a lot with the players and watched it again a couple of times and kept on telling them to believe that what they’re doing is the right thing.

“Nobody’s happy with the start we’ve had. There have been frustrations for everybody, but we’ve known what we’ve been trying to do.

Cardiff City boss Paul Trollope: “It was absolutely our worst performance of the season, especially in the first period. We lacked a lot of things with and without the ball.

“As normal, the team were fully prepared and ready for the challenge ahead and we didn’t get anywhere near the level that we want and expect.

“We didn’t have the basics in place in terms of defensive responsibility, defensive desire, so for those two things not to come together in the first period was very disappointing.

“Apologies to the travelling supporters because they’ve travelled a long way on a Tuesday night and they’ve seen a performance that was unacceptable.”

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Cardiff City 0.

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Cardiff City 0.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Makienok (Preston North End).

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Jordan Hugill.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal! Preston North End 3, Cardiff City 0. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Greg Cunningham.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Hugill.

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Callum Robinson.

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ben Wilson.

Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Hugill with a headed pass.

Foul by Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City).

Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Eoin Doyle.

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ben Wilson.

Attempt saved. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Noone.

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Frederic Gounongbe replaces Joe Ralls.

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