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As it happened | Minute-by-minute report of Deepdale win

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15 September 2018

The Royals earned their first league win of the season at Preston on Saturday, take a look at how it happened with our minute-by-minute text commentary!


  • Royals play Preston at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon
  • Baldock scores for the Royals before Johnson's deflected strike equalises
  • Ilori pounces to restore the lead in the second half
  • Robinson equalises for Preston 15 minutes from time
  • Bacuna scores Reading's third in Deepdale thriller
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Updated at 16:55 (UK)


FULL-TIME: Preston North End 2-3 Reading!

Our first win of the Championship season, courtesy of goals from Sam Baldock, Tiago Ilori and Leandro Bacuna!



A subsitution born out of our Academy in added time, as Andy Rinomhota replaces Liam Kelly.


Baldock collects a loose goal kick and advances on goal, Swift then works it to Kelly whose shot is blocked.


Four added minutes to be played at the end of this one, the Royals holding onto a slender 3-2 lead.


Preston aren't giving up the ghost yet...

Substitute Graham Burke tries to catch Walker off-guard with a pot-shot outside the box, but the goalkeeper reads it well to save.



Chris Gunter floats in an inviting cross towards Böðvarsson but he can't quite get his head on it from close range!



Josh Sims makes an immediate impact! He bursts with pace on the right, Liam Kelly plays him in and he crosses for Leandro Bacuna to turn in from close range!

3-2 Reading!


Final change for Preston, as Louis Moult makes way for Graham Burke.


Substitution for the Royals, as Josh Sims comes on for Sone Aluko.

10 minutes left of normal time.



Preston equalise again through Callum Robinson, who turns in Earl's cross-goal strike.



First change for the Royals.

Jón Daði Böðvarsson comes on for Yakou Méïté, while Josh Sims looks like he's getting ready to come on as well.


Great chance!

The Royals absorb Preston pressure and break on the counter with Liam Kelly at full pace on the right wing.

He improvises with a superb cross into the path of Swift in the box, agonisingly out of reach!


Good save, Sam Walker!

A corner comes to the back post to Earl from close range, forcing the keeper into an instinctive reaction save...


Barkhuizen lines up a free-kick just outside the Reading box...

A crucial deflection from Méïté in the wall takes it behind for a corner.

The Royals soaking up a bit of pressure here.


Neat turn from Yakou Méïté on the left, spinning away from his marker and getting forward. He tries to cross but Preston manage to clear their lines.


Comfortable save from Sam Walker as a corner comes in for Paul Huntington, who heads on target but the goalkeeper gathers well.


Double substitution for Preston, as Darnell Fisher and Paul Gallagher make way for Josh Harrop and Lukas Nmecha.



Swift and Aluko play a clever corner routine, with a one-two setting the latter into the box, he plays across goal and Tiago Ilori bundles in from close range to re-take the lead for the Royals!


Good work from Sone Aluko on the right as he gets past two Preston players to get himself into a shooting position.

He strikes one from 18 yards but it narrowly clears the bar.


Sam Walker has been called into action early on, as the ball goes into the Reading area and Gallagher strikes first time, with Walker parrying away to his left.


Here we go for the second period, the teams are level at 1-1.


The players are emerging for the start of the second half...

Kick-off is imminent!


HALF-TIME: Preston North End 1-1 Reading

Sam Baldock's strike midway through the first period is cancelled out by Daniel Johnson's deflected effort.

All square at the break at Deepdale.


Two additional minutes to be played here.


In the aftermath, Andy Yiadom goes to ground in the box but the referee doesn't give a penalty, in fact booking the Royals defender for apparent simulation.


The Royals have a decent spell of possession and get an opening through Kelly in the box, forcing a smart save from Rudd from close range.


Moult tries to slide through a ball for Robinson going forward, but Tiago Ilori is alert to the danger and gets in front of his man to clear.


Preston have their tails up here.

Robinson bursts through into the Reading area and slides a ball across goal which almost goes in at the far post.



Preston equalise after the Royals only half-clear a cross, before Daniel Johnson struck outside the area, taking a cruel deflection and wrong-footing Walker.

1-1 here.



Yakou Méïté draws a powerful save from Rudd, striking strongly towards the near post but the goalkeeper parries away.


Free-kick goes begging for Reading, as Swift puts his delivery over every Reading player in the area and behind for a goal-kick.


Liam Moore sends a long ball forward for Yakou Méïté to chase.

He crosses first time in the hope of finding Baldock - just over his head!



Sam Baldock gives the Royals the lead!

John Swift works hard to win it in the attacking third, lifting through a fantastic ball into the area and Baldock powers past Rudd into the bottom corner!


Preston hit the post!

Robinson hangs up another good cross into the area and Barkhuizen is there to meet it, powering a header against the Royals' right-hand post, before Reading clear their lines.


First chance for the Royals!

Aluko does well to work his way into space and switch it over to Yiadom on the left, who controls brilliantly to keep the ball in play.

The full-back cuts inside and lays off Aluko 20 yards out, but cannot keep his strike on target and it clears the bar.


Another good chance for Preston.

Fisher is the recipient of a cross-field ball on the right and puts in an enticing ball for Barkhuizen 12 yards out - but shot leaning back and his effort goes over the bar.


The hosts are controlling the possession here at Deepdale, Callum Robinson tries a strike from distance and forces Walker into a low save.


Andy Yiadom makes progress down the left for the Royals, tries to get past his man and into the area but concedes a free-kick in a tussle...


Some promising forward play from Gunter, Kelly and Aluko all combining on the right. Kelly jinks into space in the area and tries to lay back to Aluko - who's offside and the flag goes up.


First early chance goes to the hosts. 

Josh Earl is played into space on the left, crossing low into the area into the path of Tom Barkhuizen - who slices a cross-goal shot wide.



We're underway here at Deepdale, the Royals shoot from left to right as we look at it.

Come on URZ!


Teams are out and we're minutes away from kick-off at Deepdale! 


Players have finished their warm-ups. Ready for kick-off now! Come on URRRRZZZ!


Sam starts between the sticks this afternoon, set to make his league debut as a Royal...


It's a return to the starting line-up for this man this afternoon!


The Royals survey the scene at Deepdale, young Academy graduate Andy Rinomhota is among the substitutes this afternoon.


Paul Clement chats to our new Sporting Director, Gianluca Nani here at Deepdale!



Sam Walker starts in goal for the Royals, as Vito Mannone misses out through injury.

Chris Gunter and Andy Yiadom start at full-back, with John Swift and Liam Kelly returning to the line-up.

Preston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Clarke (c), Huntington, Davies, Earl, Gallagher, Johnson, Barkhuizen, Robinson, Moult.
Subs: Maxwell, Hughes, Storey, Harrop, Barker, Burke, Nmecha.

Reading: Walker, Yiadom, Gunter, Moore (c), Ilori, Bacuna, Swift, Kelly, Aluko, Méïté, Baldock.
Subs: Jaakkola, O'Shea, McShane, Sims, Böðvarsson, McNulty, Rinomhota.


If you missed it last night, our U23s were in action at Old Trafford playing against Manchester United!

Read our report from the match here.


Good afternoon from Deepdale!

The Royals are here to take on Preston North End this afternoon, with kick-off coming at 3pm.

Find out team news from 2pm!

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