World News – GB – Preston North End 0-1 Cardiff City

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Cardiff City’s impressive away form continued as Sheyi Ojo’s Bluebirds’ first goal secured victory at Preston North End

Liverpool winger on loan Ojo completed a quick counterattack with an emphatic finish to light up what was a largely forgettable fight

Ojo’s fierce strike, paired with a strong defensive performance, means Cardiff has won two of their three away league games this season

Neil Harris’ side have lost just once in nine league games on the road – including the July play-off semi-final at Fulham – but Preston’s home struggles continue

Alex Neil’s side have won only once in nine Deepdale League games through February and have no league points – or goals – on their own turf this season

Preston was hoping to build on an impressive comeback win at Brentford ahead of the international break, but it was Cardiff who found momentum after what Harris called a slow start to the season

Neither side was able to make much progress in a lackluster first half where defenses were on top

Preston striker Sean Maguire pulled off an effort which Alex Smithies mustered on the second attempt, while Brad Potts shot straight at the Cardiff keeper from outside the box

The visitors created the best opening before the break, when Jordi Osei-Tutu floated in a cross from the right flank but Kieffer Moore headed in waste

The goal the game desperately needed came early in the second half – and came from a long throw from Preston into the Cardiff box

Sean Morrison and Joe Ralls combined to clear before Moore did well, avoiding a challenge and feeding Ojo rather than the other Cardiff-loaned Liverpool striker Harry Wilson who exploded on the opposite flank

Ojo did the rest, pulling away from Ben Davies before throwing a shot past Declan Rudd and inside the nearest post

Preston’s struggle for any offensive inspiration continued, though replacement Jayden Stockley headed straight for Smithies belatedly

With this, Cardiff could celebrate a victory that would lift them to 12th place in the table, while Preston would remain 18th

Offside, Cardiff City David Junior Hoilett tries a through ball, but Kieffer Moore is caught offside

Recorded attempt Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) to head from the center of the box is recorded to the center of the goal Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross

Attempt blocked Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked Assisted by Curtis Nelson

Recorded attempt Scott Sinclair (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is recorded in the upper center of the goal Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen

Preston North End FC, Cardiff City FC, Sheyi Ojo, EFL Championship

World News – UK – Preston North End 0-1 Cardiff City



SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-gb-preston-north-end-0-1-cardiff-city/?remotepost=433290

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