How they rated

Western Mail - - 4 -

ER­WIN MUL­DER

Was a mere spec­ta­tor for long pe­ri­ods be­fore mak­ing a rou­tine save to deny Tom Clarke after the half-hour mark. For­tu­nate not to be pun­ished after fum­bling Brad Potts’s shot soon after, but made a won­der­ful dou­ble save late on.

KYLE NAUGHTON

Was able to play high up the pitch as Pre­ston caused few prob­lems up front and had the free­dom of Lan­cashire on the right flank at times.

MIKE VAN DER HOORN

Solid at the back once again and had lit­tle to worry about when it came to deal­ing with the long balls that came his way. Booked for protest­ing against the penalty, though, and was some­what shaky as Swansea had a wob­ble after Pre­ston’s equaliser.

JOE RODON

A calm­ing in­flu­ence at the back, and in truth, will have sig­nif­i­cantly tougher af­ter­noons this sea­son. Bril­liant lung­ing tackle to deny re­place­ment Sean Maguire late on in the sec­ond half.

CON­NOR ROBERTS

Had a tough job on his hands on the left but dealt rel­a­tively well with Pre­ston’s ae­rial threat and al­ways of­fered him­self higher up the pitch too. Ex­cel­lent chal­lenge to thwart Alan Browne, but was ad­judged to have han­dled the ball which al­lowed Pre­ston to equalise from the spot.

LEROY FER

Won his fair share of ae­rial du­els and played a piv­otal role in nul­li­fy­ing Pre­ston’s di­rect ap­proach. Booked after the half-time whis­tle for protest­ing with ref­eree Keith Stroud and frus­tra­tion got the bet­ter of him a few times.

MATT GRIMES

Com­posed fig­ure along­side Fer once again and pro­duced some de­cent de­liv­er­ies from set-pieces, al­though they yielded no re­wards.

NATHAN DYER

His de­sire to get on the ball was ad­mirable, al­though he was un­able to do much dam­age at the busi­ness end of the pitch. Re­placed in the sec­ond half.

BER­SANT CELINA

Grew in con­fi­dence as the first half wore on and forced De­clan Rudd into a smart save five min­utes be­fore the break. Gave Court­ney Baker-Richard­son the sim­ple task of lash­ing home in the sec­ond half.

COURT­NEY BAKER-RICHARD­SON

Was very iso­lated up front and got lit­tle change from the Pre­ston de­fence. Half an open­ing in the fourth minute was about as good as it got for the for­ward. But was on hand to smash home the opener be­fore be­ing re­placed soon after. Also booked for kick­ing the ball away.

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