Gra­ham’s left fum­ing by a touch of bad luck

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By NEIL GOULD­ING

FRUS­TRATED Swansea boss Gra­ham Pot­ter ques­tioned the con­tro­ver­sial penalty which cost a vi­tal away win at 10-man Pre­ston.

Pot­ter’s side were on track for a sec­ond league win in a row through Court­ney Baker-Richardson’s 54th-minute opener.

But de­fender Con­nor Roberts was ad­judged to have han­dled Jay­den Stockley’s right-wing cross and Daniel John­son made no mis­take from the spot.

Half-time sub­sti­tute Josh Earl was sent off for the hosts with nine min­utes re­main­ing af­ter two yel­low cards in the space of nine crazy min­utes.

“Con­nor claims it didn’t hit his hand so it’s frus­trat­ing,” said Pot­ter.

“It’s hard to see from where I was but maybe the luck wasn’t with us to­day.

“Over­all I didn’t think we did enough in the fi­nal third to get the win.

“But it’s a dif­fi­cult place to come and we need to keep im­prov­ing if we want to be a top-six team.”

Baker-Richardson made no mis­take from close range with his sec­ond goal in as many games.

But the hosts hit back from the spot just five min­utes later when new sign­ing Stockley’s right-wing cross was han­dled by Roberts.

Ja­maican John­son calmly ri­fled into the bot­tom right-hand corner for his first goal since the start of Oc­to­ber.

Earl was sent off af­ter pick­ing up two quick-fire book­ings, first on Nathan Dyer and then on Mike Van Der Hoorn.

But de­spite tak­ing a point the Lan­cashire club have now not won in the league for five matches and not won at home for a month.

Li­ly­whites boss Alex Neil said: “It was a stuffy game, a point was prob­a­bly a fair re­sult.

“I was sur­prised we got the penalty but it looks like the right de­ci­sion hav­ing looked back at the re­play.

“The send­ing-off was re­ally harsh and Josh has pleaded his in­no­cence af­ter the game.

“I can un­der­stand why.”

COOL: Daniel John­son

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