Pluto’s Matt Weston was at Deepdale this afternoon to see PNE continue their promotion push.
Preston North End have moved up to second in League One thanks to a thrilling victory against Lancashire rivals Fleetwood Town.
A Joe Garner hat trick brought the home side from being two goals down to winning their sixth league match of the season.
The game started badly for the hosts who went 2-0 down in the first ten minutes of the match.
Fleetwood Town centre back Stephen Jordan cushioned a header into the net from the first corner of the match. A couple of minutes later Josh Morris’ shot was deflected off Preston’s Jack King to roll past Jamie Jones in the PNE net.
The visiting side looked in control as they nearly capitalised on defensive errors to find a third goal in the just 9th minute of the game.
PNE looked disorganised at the back and were unable to contest at set pieces. Their chances were coming from Callum Robinson and Kyel Reid out wide who whipped dangerous balls into Joe Garner. The home side were unable to find that clinical finish and looked into a poor position going into the half time break.
Play improved for the home side attacking the visitor’s end, as Simon Grayson looked disappointed going into the break. The manager took the decision to bring on experienced Kevin Davies and John Welsh in the second half to provide the necessary wisdom to comeback into the game.
The first goal came with 30 minutes to go as Joe Garner headed at the back post into the Fleetwood net. He followed this up a couple of minutes later in a similar fashion; to bring the tie all square going into the finishing stages.
The winner was scored in the 79th minute as Joe Garner powered his third goal into the net from outside the box. Garner deserved to be named man of the match after his goal tally now stands at 10 for the season. Stepping up as captain today, he did brilliantly to inspire his side to come back into the game.
Preston Manager Simon Grayson was pleased with the comeback made as they stepped up when it mattered most. He went on to say that Preston’s first goal gave them the momentum they needed to come back into the match.
PNE will hope to continue their fine form when they travel to play Leyton Orient on Tuesday night. This will be one of their two games in hand as they push to catch up to League One leaders Bristol City.
Preston North End: Jones, Laird (Humphrey – 55), Huntington, King, Buchanan, Reid (Davies – 45), Kilkenny, Browne (Welsh – 45), Robinson, Gallagher, Garner.
Subs: Stuckmann, Holmes, Davies, Brownhill.