AFC Bournemouth took extra time and penalties to dispatch of Simon Grayson’s Preston side in an unconvincing 3-2 penalty win, after a 2-2 draw at Deepdale to advance to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
Preston failed to get going in the first half and Josh King had multiple early chances, but found himself up against an in-form Jordan Pickford who produced a handful of outstanding saves to deny the Norwegian a goal.
It took Bournemouth until the 23rd minute to break the deadlock when Shaun MacDonald fired a header into the roof of the net from close range and from thereon Eddie Howe’s men looking comfortably in control of the match.
Stevie May almost had his first Preston goal since signing from Sheffield Wednesday but fired wide of the post on the 40 minute mark, failing again to trouble Adam Federici in the Bournemouth net.
Preston carried some momentum into the break and almost turned it into an equaliser coming out the tunnel in the second half with Tom Clarke sending a header wide of the post. A few minutes later and Preston had another good chance to level with ex-Manchester United striker Will Keane firing narrowly wide of the post with a low drive.
Adam Federici was then called into action when Preston midfielder Bailey Wright fired a header from close distance straight at the Aussie, who produced the stop. This sparked Bournemouth back into life and Junior Stanislas had a shot well saved.
However, the game died down until the 75th minute when Yann Kermogant could easily have added a second and put the game to bed but failed to even hit the target, blazing his shot over.
Preston finally found their equaliser in the 84th minute with Jordan Hugill firing a header into the top corner, sending the sides into extra time. However, it took until just 6 minutes into extra time for Marc Pugh to put the Cherries back in the lead.
Right at the death, Preston’s man of the moment Johnson, signed from Aston Villa, dispatched a 118th minute equaliser from the penalty spot sending the game to penalties.
However, Johnson went from hero to zero, missing the decisive spot kick, leaving Bournemouth running out 3-2 winners on penalties, Federici having save 3 penalties, dumping Preston out the cup after a noble performance.