Bailey: Robbo’s back in goal routine for PNE

Callum Robinson (right) celebrates with Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson

Callum Robinson (right) celebrates with Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson

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Preston North End defender Bailey Wright was pleased to see Callum Robinson back among the goals in the weekend win over MK Dons.

Robinson’s opener was the first goal of his second spell on loan with the Lilywhites, the Aston Villa man having netted five during a two-month stay in the autumn.

The 20-year-old was played through by Joe Garner in the 65th minute at stadium:mk, his low shot hitting the back of the net via a touch off the far post.

Team-mate Wright says the lively display on the left wing from Robinson was something he sees in training every day.

Wright told the Evening Post: “What you see in games from Callum is exactly what he does in training, you find him hard to handle.

“He has a lot of potential and will only get better and better in my opinion.

“Callum is an outlet for us on the left-hand side, get the ball for him and he will make something happen.

“He works hard for the team and works hard off the ball which is something we very much appreciate.

“Sometimes when players come from bigger clubs you sometimes don’t get both things from them – working hard on and off the ball.

“You get both with Callum, it is great that we have got him back on loan.”

Robinson, 20, has started the last five league matches after his return from Villa on transfer deadline day and also appeared as a substitute in the FA Cup clash with Manchester United.

His first spell on loan saw him make 11 appearances, in which he netted a hat-trick in the FA Cup at Havant and Waterlooville and scored in the league games against Leyton Orient and Bristol City.

His winner at Bristol City proved to be the swansong of his first loan stint. He was recalled to Villa to cover a striker shortage but did not make a single appearance on his return.

It was always North End’s intention to try and bring him back to Deepdale and they succeeded in doing that just hours before the transfer window shut.

The win over MK Dons was a shot in the arm for Preston’s automatic promotion push.

It kept them in second place and Wright says there is a real determination within the squad and club to stay in that lofty position.

Said Wright: “I have been at this club for quite a few years now and have played in the Championship and League One.

“I know where myself and everyone connected with the club would much rather be.

“A lot of hard work will be needed to get promoted but we are determined to achieve that. This is a great club with great support and great facilities.

“We have a really good squad, you can see the strength of it just by the lads who aren’t even on the bench at the moment who would get into a lot of other teams.

“No one is in a comfort zone about their place in the team – they know that they have to work hard to keep hold of the shirt.”

The Lilywhites squad had the rarity of being given Monday off, with them back at Springfields this morning to start preparations for Crewe’s visit on Saturday.

“This has been the first time in ages that we’ve not had a midweek game,” said Wright.

“But when you are on a good run you just want to keep playing.”