Preston Batter Cod Army!
Star man Kevin Davies
Preston North End continued into the next round of the Johnstone Paint trophy with a hard a stunning attacking display to beat Fleetwood Town 4-2 at Highbury Stadium.
The Game could of swung either way as the teams went in at half time all square but a harsh penalty in the second half was converted by Scott Laird and a typical targets mans header from Man Of The Match Kevin Davies seal the tie.
PNE were lively right from the start and Huntinton had the first meaningful chance in the second minute as he headed Laird's corner wide.
The visitors continued to press with a flurry of corners keeping Fleetwood pegged back into the own 18 yard box. You could sense it would prove to be a long night for the hosts.
As the game settled down Fleetwood managed to gain a small foot hold in the game and were rewarded for their efforts with a strike from Junior Brown, The young winger was set up via a lay off from Hughes on the edge of the 18 yard box.
As soon as the visitors conceded they looked instantly for a equalizer as Will Hayhurst’s unmarked shot was parried away by S.Davies in the Fleetwood goals.
It was all for nothing as minutes later Iain Hume made a darting run down the by-line and then continued by driving inside and slamming home the ball, Placing the ball between Davies legs.
Two minutes later it was PNE again who struck as a in-swinging corner by Laird was nodded back across goal by Zaliukas & it was Kevin Davies who rose highest to nod the ball into the back of the net.
This set back didn’t dis-hearten the home team as they were again spurred on by the fans to push for an equalizer, and they found it via a marvellous solo effort from John Marquis on the stroke of half time.
Marquis collected the ball in his own half to drive through the heart of the Whites defence only to break to tackles and slide the ball past a despairing Declan Rudd.
As the second half commenced the game become end to end with a chances for both teams to take the lead.
However it was a in the 69th minute penalty that broke the deadlock with Roberts stupidly tugging on Stuart Beavons shirt as knocked the ball beyond him.
Up stepped Scott Laird to side foot PNE back into the lead as he sent S.Davies the wrong way. From that moment on North End controlled the game keeping the ball and passing with ease.
Fleetwood then made all there changed at once and seemed to change their formation to push again for a equalizer.
However the was put to beat with another finish from the veteran Kevin Davies, The ball was cleared up field by Clarke which Davies chest-ed down and flicked the ball out wide for Hume to drive down wing and again drive a ball across the 6 yard line which was converted in again by Davies.