Derby joy for PNE at Turf Moor

Will Keane celebrates with Joe Garner after scoring PNE's first goal at Burnley

Will Keane celebrates with Joe Garner after scoring PNE's first goal at Burnley

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Simon Grayson labelled Preston North End's derby day success over Burnley as a 'big win'.

Goals from Will Keane and Daniel Johnson in the second half delivered a 2-0 victory over the Clarets at Turf Moor.

The game was played in heavy rain and a swirling wind, North End steadily getting to grips with it as the contest went on.

PNE boss Grayson said: "To beat a team who going to be there or there abouts come the end of the season is a big win for us.

"It being a local derby match adds extra significance to it.

"We suffered disappointment a couple of weeks ago losing a derby game to Blackburn and we didn't want to feel that disappointment again.

"It was a decent game played in difficult conditions and it was nice to come out on top."

Keane ran from the half-way line to open the scoring in the 64th minute, his right-foot shot going through the legs of twin brother Michael who was playing in the centre of the Burnley defence.

The 22-year-old striker was making his first start since the beginning of October, with him recalled at the expense of Eoin Doyle.

Grayson said: "I made a decision to bring Will back into the team, not just based on the fact he was going to be playing against his brother but because we felt we could have a bit more pace at the top end of the pitch.

"If he is able to turn and run at people, Will has got pace in his locker.

"He's been a but unfortunate not to be in the team and the goal will be a big boost for his confidence.

"While Will has the bragging rights in his family, he will be the first to admit that it was a good team performance.

"We had to compete against Burnley, we had to defend when we had to and our goalkeeper made some good saves when needed.

"Over the last few weeks we felt our performances have been very good and we always felt that turning draws into wins was just around the corner."