Charlton Athletic vs. Preston North End: Player Ratings

Declan Rudd. Rudd wasn’t tested properly in the North End goal and he’s yet to convince that he is Preston’s long-term no. 1. His kicking game needs work and it’s clear he doesn’t install confidence in his back four. 6

Darnell Fisher. Solid shithousery is what we’ve come to expect from Fisher and the right-back delivered it at The Valley. He’s always defensively solid and unsurprisingly he won the most tackles (5) of anybody on the pitch. 7

Patrick Bauer. On his return to the Valley he stamped his authority on the game winning 11 aerial duels as his former club barely had a sniff of goal. 7

Ben Davies. Worked well with Bauer to keep Charlton quiet. Naively lost his head at one point which resulted in a yellow card, but he wasn’t the only one. 6

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Joe Raftery. Keeping Andrew Hughes out of the team on form and his display at Charlton represented a continuation of that. He won’t be dropped any time soon if it continues through the Winter. 7

Ben Pearson. Pearson picked up his fifth yellow card of the season meaning he’ll miss next weeks home game against Huddersfield. Despite this, he showed why he’s the best in the league at what he does and his efforts meant the back four were untested. 7

Alan Browne. Browne’s form is yet to reach the heights it can do but that isn’t due to a lack of effort. The midfielder held the ball well and linked the midfield and attack nicely. 7

Daniel Johnson. DJ Looked confident in the half-hour he managed, as he should do considering his form. He was replaced by Paul Gallagher after suffering a knee injury which hopefully isn’t serious. 7

Tom Barkhuizen. The winger didn’t stop running all game and was always an outlet down the right. He’ll be disappointed to not have got Preston’s second in injury time when one-on-one with the keeper. 7

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Jayden Stockley. Man of the match Stockley told Radio Lancashire after the game that he likes doing the ugly stuff and it showed. The forward won 13 headers and more importantly the penalty that sealed the three points. 9

Sean Maguire. Maguire oozed confidence on the left. He always seemed to make the right decision whether it be to take on his marker or to run it into the corner at the end. 7

Paul Gallagher. Gallagher’s experience and cool head played a massive part in Preston’s win. His penalty was never in doubt and his presence in midfield helped guide North End to all three points and to top of the league. 8

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