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Preston boss Irvine defends Wallace celebrations

Preston boss Alan Irvine was quick to absolve Ross Wallace of any blame as his goal celebration in front of the North End fans led to a steward being injured. Billy Clarke had put the Seasiders ahead after only 27 seconds but the visitors levelled against their bitter local rivals just before the break through a stunning free kick which earned them a 1-1 draw.

Wallace was booked after he ran to the travelling supporters to celebrate and a steward appeared to get injured after being caught up in the ensuing melee.

Irvine said: "It was a fantastic free-kick and absolutely top class from Ross.

"If we start to take celebration out of the game then it will be a poorer game.

"Ross ran over to our fans but I can't tell from here whether he stepped off the pitch or stayed on the pitch.

"But I certainly don't think that he was jumping over barriers to get to our supporters.

"Our supporters understandably reacted in a very excited way and I believe that a steward got injured, which I'm extremely sorry to hear.

"I hope he's okay but I don't think Ross did an awful lot wrong."



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