Bournemouth 1-2 Preston North End: Visitors end Championship leaders' unbeaten record

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Preston's first goal was scored by Ben Whiteman, who also took their first shot at the target.

Thanks to goals by Ali McCann and Ben Whiteman, Preston suffered their first league loss of the season against Championship leaders Bournemouth.

Scott Parker's team's five-match winning streak was also ended. They are now at the bottom of the table at two points. Fulham, Scott Parker's former club, won a convincing 7-0 victory at Blackburn.

Preston was swept ahead by Whiteman in the second period from just outside the penalty box, before Philip Billing equalised the score on the hour.

Although Chris Mepham and Jamal Lowe were close to scoring for Bournemouth, Preston was able to hold on to his advantage when McCann scored his first goal for the club. He had received a ball from Emil Riis.

Bournemouth was the only English Football League side with an unbeaten record coming into the match.

The Cherries won nine of their 10 previous league games, as well as all five of their home fixtures.

They were unable to overcome a strong Preston team, who had not won on the road in the first half.

Both goalkeepers were not tested before the interval. Mark Travers in Bournemouth was defeated by Preston's first attempt on target. Whiteman grabbed a ball from Tom Barkhuizen’s cross and scored.

Bournemouth replied and Billing, with a deflection by Patrick Bauer, picked the bottom left corner. He had made space in the box for Billing to finish on his right foot.

Momentum was with the hosts, as Lowe's cross almost fell into Andrew Hughes' net. Centre-back Mepham saved Daniel Iversen after a driving drive and a shot from just outside of the box.

It was the visitors that would take the lead. Riis, a striker for Bournemouth, got in behind Bournemouth's defense before pulling the ball back for McCann. McCann scored with a low finish across the goal.

Riis missed an opportunity to win the game when he beat Travers' offside trap, but Travers held on to his one-on-one shot against Riis with an outstretched foot.

Lowe thought that he had brought Bournemouth back to level, but Iversen made a great reflex save. Stacey's first shot was parried into Lowe's path, but he was denied six yards away when the Dane got up to make the block to his right.

As stoppage time approached, he was alert again and jumped across goal to defeat Stacey's drive outside the box. This brought an end to the Cherries unbeaten start.

Scott Parker, manager of Bournemouth, spoke to BBC Radio Solent

It was a difficult night for us. "I thought we huffed, puffed, but didn't have that killer [instinct].

"Credit to Preston. I thought they came and did a great job with a stubborn back five and three infront of them.

"They reduced the space for our front players as well as our attacking side of play and we didn't have the quality at certain moments to unlock that door.

"We were not on our game tonight because of one reason or the other. We hope it's just a temporary blip. However, we must react immediately and try again.

"This is where our current development is at, and we're still in the early stages of our development. This is where we'll discover how great we really are."

Frankie McAvoy, Preston manager, spoke to BBC Radio Lancashire

"I am delighted for the entire team, the backroom staff, and the Hemmings families. They put their trust and faith in me to deliver results. Since I arrived, the support has been amazing.

"I felt that we needed a gameplan for tonight. We worked hard yesterday to make it difficult for them when they were out of possession, and then we were in a positive place when we came forward.

"I felt that we were in the majority excellent. Although they had their moments, as you would expect, the players were outstanding to a man.

"I have always had faith and trust in the group that I have and they can be proud of their efforts tonight.

"We'll take a look at the performance, and then we'll go to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and prepare as best as possible."