Preston North End have moved into 13th place in the Championship, and are only outside the top half on goal difference, thanks to a goal from Greg Cunningham and an own goal from Bristol City’s Nathan Baker.
It took the visitors over 50 minutes to break the deadlock, and when Nathan Baker got the final touch on a Preston cross, and diverted the ball past Frank Fielding, into his own net, City fans must have felt luck was once again against them.
But Aaron Wilbraham fired City back into contention a couple of minutes later, firing home after some excellent work from Aden Flint.
Greg Cunningham sent the away fans into jubilation when he got onto the end of Paul Gallagher’s cross, and diverted it in, and despite Jonathan Kodjia’s late header striking the post, Preston came out 2-1 winners, pushing them up to 13th just behind Reading, who drew at Derby.
Here are THREE things we learned from this game……
1) Preston are good enough for this division – This win brings Preston within a finger’s width of the top half, and any early doubts over the quality of the Preston side, and as to whether they are good enough to play in the Championship, have been swept away, and Preston look like the kind of team who could progress much further in the coming years.
2) Jonathan Kodjia is pivotal – This match summed up the need for a new striker to play alongside Jonathan Kodjia.
Although Aaron Wilbraham did score, he isn’t getting any younger, and he is no where near consistent enough to lead the line, and that leaves almost all the scoring responsibility with Kodjia.
If he is on form, so are City, and he will be key if they are to survive this year.
3) Bristol City need to strengthen this month – If Bristol City are to survive in the Championship for another year, fans will agree that they definitely need to strengthen in January, and with the squad they currently have, it looks unlikely that they will break this terrible winless run they are in, which has seen them drop into the bottom three alongside Bolton and Charlton.