Emil Riis struck in the fifth minute of the stoppage time to give Preston a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United.
The Danish forward scored his sixth goal of the season in all competitions after home substitute Sander Berge believed his 84th-minute effort secured the spoils of the hosts, who had seen Morgan Gibbs-White’s opener. canceled by Daniel Johnson’s 50th league goal.
Gibbs-White scored his second goal in as many outings following a Wolves loan after a weak Patrick Bauer clearance was recovered on the left wing by Luke Freeman.
After Freeman’s cross was then challenged in the air by Bauer and Iliman Ndiaye, a slipped Gibbs-White beat Daniel Iversen from close to the penalty spot in the seven minute.
Preston, however, was back in the 19th minute when Ryan Ledson’s long ball from deep in his half was expertly taken to his chest by Johnson.
This immaculate talent allowed him to pass Swedish international goalkeeper Robin Olsen who, on his debut for the hosts, had run to the edge of his box and could only look over his shoulder at the playmaker of the Lilywhites completing the formality of finding an unguarded net.
United responded positively as Oliver Norwood approached with a fierce 20-yard command that whistled just overhead and Freeman might have regained the advantage for Slavisa Jokanovic’s men in the meantime, but he passed 12 meters after George Baldock ran. on Norwood’s ball on the right flank.
After the break Bauer pulled the bite out of a Billy Sharp strike that looped Iversen’s arms and the veteran home striker also delivered a cross that Ndiaye directed past the near post.
For the visitors, Riis turned Jack Robinson far too easily in the right channel, but then shot wide before Gibbs-White lifted a 25-yard free kick on the other end.
As the game began to sway from start to finish, away substitute Brad Potts was unable to guide his head to the target with a Ledson free kick, then John Fleck displayed ‘excellent determination to score without a goal, but Iversen lived up to his attempt to lift the ball over him.
Then Rhian Brewster’s 20-yard shot was picked up by Iversen before Olsen charged out of his goal to keep Riis from his feet.
Norway international Berge was not denied, however, when he got sideways between Iversen’s legs eight yards after Sharp’s shot was blocked following another push. towards the front of Fleck.
But one last chance saw Ledson give a free kick into the penalty area which grazed Robinson’s head and Jordan Storey then lifted a cross at the far post from near the straight and Riis kept his cool to shoot. eight meters away.
What the managers said …
Sheffield united Slavisa Jokanovic: “We didn’t give them anything during the five minutes of time out but then in the last five seconds we didn’t focus on a free kick and it cost us two points. This is the second time that we have conceded in those crucial seconds at the end of a game and we need to be a little calmer and more relaxed in these situations.
“It wasn’t a particularly good ball in the box. It wasn’t really delivered with quality, but we paid dearly for our mistake and we need to improve our defense on set pieces.”
Preston Frankie Mcavoy: “Emil has been great and we just need to keep working with him to make sure he’s a solid acquisition for us. He’s young and learning so he will make mistakes but I have confidence in him.
“He has to keep believing in himself because he will have opportunities in this team. He missed an opportunity earlier so the game could have gone the other way around for him, but he made sure to keep the next one. apart.”