PRE­STON PLAY­ERS PACK A PUNCH!

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By John Lyons

LIVID boss Si­mon Grayson blasted strik­ers Jer­maine Beck­ford and Eoin Doyle af­ter the pair were sent off for fight­ing with each other in the dy­ing mo­ments of Pre­ston’s de­feat at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

Wed­nes­day, who had had Fer­nando Forestieri sent off on 65 min­utes, led 2-0 un­til sub Doyle pulled one back.

“There’s a dis­agree­ment about a pass and then ab­so­lute child­ish be­hav­iour from the pair of them that has cost the chance of a point from the game,” fumed Grayson.

“They’ve let a lot of peo­ple down. They will be rep­ri­manded with­out a shadow of a doubt. What hap­pened was a dis­grace and an em­bar­rass­ment to both play­ers.”

PRE­STON boss Si­mon Grayson la­belled strik­ers Jer­maine Beck­ford and Eoin Doyle a “dis­grace and em­bar­rass­ment” af­ter the pair were sent off for fight­ing with each other.

The in­ci­dent, in the dy­ing min­utes, capped off a match that sparked into life in the 65th minute when Sh­effield Wed­nes­day scorer Fer­nando Forestieri be­came the first player to see red.

The Ital­ian striker was given his march­ing or­ders for push­ing Pre­ston mid­fielder Ben Pear­son in the face in an off-the-ball in­ci­dent.

De­spite his dis­missal, Wed­nes­day ex­tended their lead through a Steven Fletcher penalty be­fore Pre­ston sub Doyle pulled one back to give them hope of a point that went up in smoke with the dou­ble send­ing off.

Grayson said: “In 30 years of be­ing a player and a man­ager I’ve never seen an in­ci­dent like that be­tween two team-mates. It has been an em­bar­rass­ment. There’s a dis­agree­ment about a pass and then ab­so­lute child­ish be­hav­iour from the pair of them that has cost the chance of a point from the game.

“They’ve let a lot of peo­ple down. They will be rep­ri­manded with­out a shadow of a doubt. What hap­pened was a dis­grace and an em­bar­rass­ment to both play­ers.

“Our de­ci­sion mak­ing from start to fin­ish was poor, we started the game slop­pily and the sec­ond goal was down to bad de­ci­sions. It has cost us.”

Pre­ston were cer­tainly sec­ond best in the early stages as Forestieri forced keeper Chris Max­well into a save in just the sec­ond minute.

Two min­utes later right-back Adam Reach bombed for­ward and his cross just evaded striker Lu­cas Joao and ended up safely in Max­well’s arms.

But, the Pre­ston keeper was help­less to stop Forestieri from open­ing the scor­ing in the ninth minute. When the vis­i­tors could only half clear a dan­ger­ous Wed­nes­day at­tack the Ital­ian was on hand to di­vert Reach’s way­ward shot in with his head.

Pre­ston al­most hit back three min­utes later when striker Cal­lum Robin­son rat­tled the wood­work with a pow­er­ful shot from 30 yards.

How­ever, Wed­nes­day’s in­jury prob­lems were mount­ing as they lost Ross Wal­lace and skip­per Glenn Loovens with head coach Carlos Car­val­hal forced into two first-half sub­sti­tu­tions.

And sub Will Buck­ley had to play on in­jured af­ter Max­well had brought him down to con­cede the penalty Fletcher con­verted.

Grayson used his last sub­sti­tu­tion to bring on Doyle and the Ir­ish striker pulled a goal back with his first touch to give the vis­i­tors hope be­fore the far­ci­cal fi­nale.

Car­val­hal said he didn’t see Forestieri’s red card but had no com­plaints about the de­ci­sion.

He said: “They’re a very tough team to play against, very or­gan­ised. We pre­pared well and we started well and got the early goal. Then we lost Ross, we lost Loovens but the play­ers we brought on did well.

“We played with ten play­ers and our team showed that they wanted to win, they showed the qual­ity of the group. We got the sec­ond goal but were then down to nine men be­cause Buck­ley was off the pitch and that’s when Pre­ston scored.

“The game fin­ished with the two red cards but it was a dif­fi­cult vic­tory against tough op­po­nents.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Eoin Doyle, right, and Jer­maine Beck­ford square up be­fore, be­low, be­ing sent off

OFF: Fer­nando Forestieri

PICTURES: Si­mon Davies

SPOT OF BOTHER: Steven Fletcher scores a penalty, and, inset, Eoin Doyle and Jer­maine Beck­ford come to blows

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