Preston survive Forest fightback
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Preston North End survived a late Nottingham Forest fightback to win 3-2
Preston North End survived a late Nottingham Forest fightback to take the three points with an ultimately nervous 3-2 victory, extending their run of good form at Deepdale.
The home side dominated most of the game, going 3-0 up within an hour thanks to Paul McKenna, Chris Lucketti and Dickson Etuhu. But they then conspired to make life difficult for themselves when Forest - despite being reduced to 10 men - hit back with two Marlon King strikes.
Preston took the lead in the 11th minute when McKenna, who moments earlier had spurned a good opportunity, made amends by rising to meet Etuhu's cross to head past Paul Gerrard. Preston were playing confidently and creating chances, but they failed to take advantage - Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu, Richard Cresswell and Eddie Lewis all coming close.
But it came as little surprise when Preston's fluent attacking style finally yielded them a second goal nine minutes before half time - Lucketti heading home from Lewis's corner.
Early in the second half it appeared Joe Kinnear's side were in disarray, and Etuhu's 57th minute effort - a near identical effort to Lucketti's - coupled with the dismissal of Forest substitute Gareth Taylor following an off-the-ball clash, appeared to wrap things up for the home side.
But while Preston appeared to take their foot off the pedal, their visitors dug deep and showed determination. King pulled the first goal back in the 78th minute, with a deflected shot past Preston keeper Gavin Ward, and then two minutes later David Johnson released King, who this time shot low to Ward's right.
However, despite Forest's spirited resurgence, Preston managed to hold on and take a win their earlier performance had merited.