Wolves fail to capitalise on nine-man Preston

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Wolverhampton Wanderers had to leave Greater Manchester with just the one point, despite playing against just the nine men of Preston North End.

Preston got off to a great start with Daniel Johnson netting after ten minutes, and it was looking like they were going to pick up their second win of the season until the 91st minute when Kevin McDonald scored a dramatic great goal to salvage a draw.

But that doesn't tell the whole story, Preston went down to ten men after just 19 minutes, when Joe Garner Kung-foo kicked Danny Batth- who had just returned from injury, in the chest. The referee saw the challenge as dangerous and sent of Garner, to the dismay of the Preston fans.


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Wolves didn't get their first chance until the 25th minute when James Henry, who has recently signed a new contract, failed to celebrate by scoring, as his shot from 25 yards was never troubling keeper Jordan Pickford, going way over the bar.

Simon Grayson's side came close to a second after 37 minutes when Middlesborough loanee Adam Reach's free kick reached Tom Clarke, who shot wide from 12 yards, to Wolves' relief.

Wolves kicked on after half-time and were on the front foot, looking to make the most out of their one-man advantage, when keeper Pickford had to make a smart save to prevent new boy Jed Wallace from converting after 50 minutes.

Wallace had another chance for Wolves six minutes later, but Pickford was there again to make a great fingertip save from 20 yards out. As Wolves started to pile on the pressure on Preston.

Preston came close to their second after 66 minutes, but Wolves keeper Emi Martinez was there to prevent substitute Jordan Hugill from 20 yards out.

Preston's job was made even harder when defender Bailey Wright was shown a second yellow card by the referee which sent the hosts down to nine men.

They nearly held on but for Wolves' Kevin McDonald, who fired home in the 90+1 minute with a curled effort from 25 yards out, leaving Pickford stranded.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told Sky Sports: 

"It was tense. Obviously the red cards are the talking points of the game but I think the referee was right. I thought they were the right decisions. I felt he just did his job.

"You need craft and guile but when they're down in the box sometimes you need brute force. Fair play to Preston, though; they do defend their box well and did so for an awful long time."

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Kevin McDonald
Wolverhampton Wanderers

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