The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SIMON Grayson’s de­ci­sion to go with three at the back looked to be pay­ing off early on as wing-back Greg Cun­ning­ham caused prob­lems for the hosts.

With bet­ter fin­ish­ing Tom Barkhuizen could have given Pre­ston the lead on an­other day, but the at­tack­ing com­bi­na­tions of Ke­mar Roofe and Pablo Her­nan­dez were too much for the vis­i­tors to han­dle.

With the pair switch­ing po­si­tions fre­quently through­out the first half as Leeds poured for­ward hav­ing weath­ered Pre­ston’s early storm, it was no sur­prise they were the two play­ers who ex­tin­guished any hopes of a re­sult for the vis­i­tors as their three-man de­fence got caught out time and again by the con­stant move­ment in Leeds’ at­tacks.

Pre­ston had more joy when re­vert­ing to a 4-3-3 for­ma­tion but it was too lit­tle, too late with all the al­ready dam­age done in the first half, and Grayson’s men tasted de­feat for the first time in six games.

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