Reading 1-2 Preston North End

30 Apr

Daniel Johnson

Preston’s Daniel Johnson has scored nine goals this season

Preston North End recorded their first victory in six Championship games as Daniel Johnson’s winner sealed a win in injury time at Reading.

Jermaine Beckford gave Preston the lead, lobbing in following a mix-up between Paul McShane and Ali Al-Habsi.

Stephen Quinn’s long-range drive drew Reading level with his first goal for the club.

Johnson wrapped up Preston’s first win since a 2-1 victory over Blackburn on 2 April with a 91st-minute finish.

Reading manager Brian McDermott: “If you get back to 1-1, you don’t expect to lose that late in the game.

“Walking round that pitch (on a lap of honour) is never good when you’ve just lost a game that late and also where we’ve ended up in the league.

“But I’ve been in this situation before in 2004-05, when we walked around the pitch at Wigan. The following season, we won the league. So that’s what I hang on to.”

Preston manager Simon Grayson: “The lads showed today that they’re not on their holidays. We’re making sure we finish the season in a positive manner and get as many points as possible.

“A lot of teams would maybe have settled for a 1-1 draw here, but we keep challenging the players and they’ve shown again that they’ve got a fantastic spirit for each other and the club.”


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