Match Report: PNE 1-0 Reading

Joe Garner scored a penalty to secure a 1-0 win for Preston North End against Reading at Deepdale.

The penalty was awarded early in the second half after Garner was fouled by Paul McShane.

This was North End’s second win of the season at Deepdale as they move up to 16th in the table.

PNE manager Simon Grayson decided to name an unchanged side from the one which beatBurnley 2-0 at Turf Moor last week.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jonathon Bond, Captain Paul McShane and Hal Robson-Kanu were all reinstated to the starting line-up for Reading during interim manager Martin Kuhl’s first game in charge.

Adam Reach flourished in a more advanced role and was lively during the entire afternoon.

Reach went agonisingly close for North End inside seven minutes, smashing his shot from inside the box against the woodwork.

Reach almost broke the deadlock early into the second half, Bond pulling off a magnificent double save from close range.

The closest the Royals came to scoring was when Nick Blackman was one-on-one with Jordan Pickford but the striker fired over.

69 minutes gone, Garner spurned a great opportunity to double his tally, latching onto Gallagher’s free-kick and heading the ball wide.

Matej Vydra came close to nicking a point for Reading in the latter stages of the second half, Pickford making an important stop to deny the Czech’s low shot.

Grayson said: “It was a fantastic win for us, we played with a real purpose. We were solid & looked brave going forwards.”

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