PNE Early Season Review

FullSizeRenderBy Anthony Gilmour – Online Sports Editor

Three months on from Preston North End’s fairytale performance at Wembley, and now the club is in full swing back in the Championship.

The Lilywhites have had a solid start to their return in England’s second division, picking up three league clean sheets and progressing to the third round of the Capital One Cup in just seven games.

Currently sitting in the bottom half of the table the new boys have picked up five points from five games, and have given a good account of themselves against potential promotion candidates like; Middlesbrough, Ipswich and Hull.

Admittedly only picking up five points from five games doesn’t seem very impressive; but when you consider the level of opposition, available funds, and team performances, PNE have looked very solid and difficult to beat.

A lot of credit has to be given to new signings that have managed to give the club a well needed lift in squad size.

Probably the most noteworthy of Preston’s summer signings has been on-loan shot stopper Jordan Pickford, who has won four clean sheets in seven games for the club both in league and cup.

Greg Cunningham and Marnick Vermijl, signed from Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday respectively, have also added defensive qualities; filling those difficult to play, specialist wing-back positions.

Upfront PNE have been a little light, only scoring two goals in five game.

However with Wembley hero Jermaine Beckford returning from injury soon, as well as on-loan Will Keane and youngster Jordan Hugill finding their feet at this level, goals are likely to come.

Overall there is still plenty of work to do, but should Preston survive the season, there is a great opportunity to build a foundation for a future promotion.

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