It was an exciting start to the game with both sides having early chances, some good interplay between Scunthorpe strike pair, Lyle Taylor and Paddy Madden, lead to the latter crashing the underside of the bar. Minutes later Preston had a chance to score with Joe Garners header deflected onto the post by Scunthorpe right back Eddie Nolan.

However it didn’t take long for Joe Garner to get his name on the score sheet as got on the end of a Chris Humphrey cross and fired home from six yards. Preston were soon celebrating there second as Humphrey again put in a dangerous cross and this time it was converted into his own net by Miguel Llera. It remained 2-0 up till half time. Immediately after half time that all changed with Humphrey again involved, this time creating a chance for himself. Cutting in from the right he fired into the far corner with his left foot. The scoring was complete in the 82nd minute when Joe Garner got his well deserved brace after getting on the end of a superb Josh Brownhill ball in.

 

Scunthorpe United

 James Severn- Not a fault for any of the goals, but still looked edgy on his first professional start for the club. 6.0
 Eddie Nolan- Had a tough time at right back, but saved the team numerous times with some good defensive headers. 7.0
 Niall Canavan- looked shaky at the back and often lost possession of the ball, did not enjoy the company of Joe Garner. 5.5
 Miguel Llera- not much pace left in the 35 year old and was often out paced, also guilty of overplaying in dangerous areas 5.0
 Andy Dawson- had a very bad day at the office, arguably at fault for all four goals as the assists all came from his side, Humphrey’s had him in circles. 4.0
 Jennison Myrie-Williams- showed glimpses of what he could do with a couple of bursting runs, but was often too negative when on the ball 6.0
 Neal Bishop- the midfield man is not afraid of a tackle, but he could not get close to the Preston midfield trio who dominated the midfield area. 6.5
 Sean McAllister- couldn’t get on the ball as much as he would of liked and was left isolated and pressured out of the ball, left him very frustrated. 6.5
 Gary McSheffery- wasn’t on the ball much and went missing for most of the game, still very dangerous from set-pieces however. Only man who looked like creating anything. 6.0
 Paddy Madden- unlucky afternoon for Paddy, had his early shot been a inch lower it could of been a different afternoon for him and the Iron. 0.0
 Lyle Taylor- looked promising when on the ball but the midfield struggled to get the ball up to the front two. 0.0

Substitutions

 Hakeeb Adelakun- did very little when he came on but it was an awful time to throw the youngster on. 4.5
 Deon Burton- won a lot of headers when coming on but had little effect or purpose 5.5
 Terry Hawkridge- didn’t have much time to impose himself on the game but out in a few dangerous corners which should of been attacked by a scunthorpe player 5.0

 

Preston North End

 Jamie Jones- had very little tondo in terms of shot stopping but came and flapped at a few crosses. 7.0
 Calum Woods- very composed at right back, got forward at joined the attacks whenever he could. 7.5
 Tom Clarke- solid at the back for PNE, never looked troubled and was very comfortable on the ball. Led by example. 8.0
 Bailey Wright- he was just as solid as his captain, until he was taken off early in the second half, dealt with Scunthorpe’s strike pair very well. 7.5
 Ben Davies- had a quite game, didn’t seem to get forward as much as his fellow right back, seemed to struggle against pacey wingers. 7.0
 Neil Kilkenny- ran the show for Preston and was very rarely dispossessed. He kept the side ticking and dictated the pace of the game. 8.5
 Josh Brownhill- superb cross forPreston’s fourth goal and was a constant threat to Scunthorpe’s defence, never stopped working. 8.0
 Alan Browne- the young lad had a fantastic game, always seemed to be in the right place and gave the Scunthorpe midfielders no time to play. Also a had a fantastic engine. 8.5
 Chris Humprey- 2 assists and a goal, caused Andy Dawson problems all game and nobody could get near him. Arguably scored the best goal of the day. 9.0
 Joe Garner- his pace and strength proved too much for the Iron back line, showed his predatory instincts with two fantastically taken goals. 8.5
 Paul Gallagher- just wasn’t quite his afternoon, seemed to have a lot of attempts on goal but never threatening to hit the target. Pace and crosses were still a danger. 7.0

Substitutions

Jack King- came on to replace Wright and looked equally comfortable and solid at the back. 7.5
 Will Hayhurst- looked very tricky and fast when he came on, didn’t really get on the ball much to cause Scunthorpe anymore grief. 6.5
Scott Laird- came on in the last few minutes just to shut up shop. 6.0

 

Man of the Match

Chris Humprhey was easily the best player on the pitch, his tricks and pace was vital toPreston and got them off to  a flying start . Fully deserved his gaol. 9.0

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