Swansea completely dominated the game in the first 15 minutes in terms of possession and also were able to score the first goal of the game, but Preston players showed character and scored an equaliser a minute after going down. Preston went on to score a second goal that gave them the lead just before the referee blew the half time whistle. Preston then finished of the game when Ben Whiteman scored the third goal for the home side with a great freekick.
Preston had a total of 11 attempts on goal with 6 shots on target, whereas the Swans only had the four attempts on goal with only two shots on target. While Preston impressed in the final third of the pitch, it was their high intensity press which was more rewarding. The Preston players made a total of 52 interceptions with an impressive PPDA of 4.9. A smaller PPDA value signifies a greater level of defensive intensity.
The Preston North End players scored a total of 3 goals from their 11 attempts on goal. They had an impressive shot on target percentage of 54.55%, which means they got more than half of their shots on target.
They attempted six shots on goal from inside the penalty box, of which they scored two and forced the keeper to make one save. They had 5 attempts on goal from outside the penalty box, which included the third goal which was a free kick that Whiteman scored in the second half of he game. The Swans keeper made three impressive saves but was not able to keep out the other three efforts on target.
Seven players from Preston attempted a shot on goal with Emil Riis Jakobsen attempting the most number of shots. He attempted 4 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. He had an xG of 0.42. The xT timeline indicates that Preston players attacked and imposed a threat to the Swansea goal at regular intervals and did not let their defence settle down.
It was a poor performance defensively as well as while attacking the opponents’ goal from the Swans. They managed only four attempts on goal. The xG timeline shows us that after their third effort on goal before the 20th minute, they did not have a single shot on goal till the 85th minute of the game. They lacked the intent while attacking and were not able to create any chances that were a threat to the Preston defence.
Taking no credit away from the Preston players, it was a very impressive performance from their forwards who were clinical in front of goal and finished off the game with the chances they created. They also defended well to deny the Swansea players from creating any opportunities in the final third of the pitch.
The win took Preston to the 16th position on the table while Swansea sit three positions below them on the table in 19th. Preston have their next game against Bristol City and will look to make most of the momentum they have and try to move up the table.