Preston North End 1, Barnsley 1
Barnsley ended a five-match losing league sequence on the road as a Brad Potts goal earned them their first away point of the season at Deepdale on Saturday.
Based upon a solid rearguard, where Adam Jackson turned in a terrific display alongside Liam Lindsay at centre-half, the Reds fully deserved a share of the spoils in front of a large away following who must have been happy with the efforts of their favourites.
Head coach Paul Heckingbottom reflected afterwards: “I was pleased with the point. It was a good game, with both teams going for it in the end.
“There were lots of good performances from everyone so I’m pleased.
“Everyone in front of (goalkeeper) Adam Davies defended great and he made that one really big save at the end and that’s what we’ve come to expect from him. He’s played his part in us getting our first away point.
“We could have had more quality in the final third, but their goal sprung us into life. We then had a bit more urgency in our play.
“We are getting to the position now where we have 15 or 16 players ready to go and we need to keep working to make sure that all the players are ready to jump in at the drop of a hat.”
Preston had taken the lead with a fine headed goal from summer recruit Maguire, but just three minutes later Potts got his first Barnsley goal, bundling home a low cross from Adam Hammill.
Chelsea loan teenager Ike Ugbo almost put the Reds ahead but saw his close range effort blocked on the line.
Preston North End: Maxwell, Fisher, Huntington, Spurr, Earl, Mavididi (Robinson, 78 mins), Browne, Gallagher (Welsh, 70 mins), Barkhuizen (Harrop, 70 mins), Sean Maguire, Hugill. Unused substitutes: Vermijl, Horgan, Davies, Hudson.
Barnsley: Davies, McCarthy, Jackson, Lindsay, Pearson; J Williams; Hedges (Barnes, 71 mins), Gardner (Moncur, 67 mins), Potts, Hammill (Bradshaw, 82 mins); Ugbo, Hedges (Barnes 71). Unused substitutes: Townsend, Pinnock, Thiam, Bird.
Referee: P Bankes (Merseyside).