Preston North End were sunk in the FA Cup today by fellow Championship side Wycombe Wanderers as a first half goal-glut sealed the Chairboys’ passage into round four.
Fred Onyedinma climbed highest to head home after just three minutes for the hosts, and not long after Joe Jacobsen rifled home a penalty to double the advantage after Josh Earl had felled Uche Ikpeazu.
Things got worse for the Lilywhites after 25 minutes, as the away side failed to deal with a set piece and Josh Knight slotted home beyond Connor Ripley to make it 3-0.
Emil Riis did pull a goal back for the visitors before half time from the penalty spot, but they failed to make any inroads in the final 45 minutes.
To add further to the misery, Alex Samuel sealed the win for Wycombe late on in the second half, a result which secured a round three elimination from the FA Cup for the third year in a row.
Alex Neil had rung the changes for Preston, with contract rebels Daniel Johnson and Ben Davies not in the squad and Scott Sinclair and Ben Pearson still struggling with injury.
Joe Rafferty and Jordan Storey both came into the North End defence and struggled to cope in the first half, with Storey eventually being hooked at the break for the more experienced Paul Huntington.
Preston’s all-round performance has come in for criticism by their fans, and the reaction to Ripley in particular is even more brutal.
Check out some of the top comments from Twitter below.
Ripley again😂this defending is laughable
— Kyle Fleming (@kylefleminggg) January 9, 2021
Release Ripley on a free and hand the Deepdale duck his shirt number.
— Graphic Designer (@designer_will) January 9, 2021
Has Ripley ever made a save?
— Gareth Livesey (@GarethLivesey95) January 9, 2021
— Joe 🃏 (@joe__37) January 9, 2021
Get ripley out my club
— Dommm (@Dommm07079316) January 9, 2021
How is Ripley a professional footballer? #pnefc
— Adam Dunkley (@Adam_dunks) January 9, 2021
Ripley is a non league keeper man 🤣🤣🤣 why is he still at the club Hahahahahaha honest to god
— Dom (@dom_33) January 9, 2021
Sub Ripley off at half time please, never wanna see that clown in that team ever again
— Sam Thomas (@SamThomas26) January 9, 2021
Connor ripley is making Michael Crowe look like Manuel neuer
— Kris (@Kris_2001) January 9, 2021
Ripley has gotta be the worst goalkeeper we’ve had in a long time. I’m genuinely better than him😂
— Chris Carter (@ChrisCarter90) January 9, 2021
Connor Ripley does not belong on a professional football field.
— Thomas Harrison (@TomHarrisonLaw) January 9, 2021