Well done to Kevin Davies on scoring the 150th goal of his career in Preston’s win over Coventry City.
It is a nice landmark to get to and hopefully a few more will follow now that everyone can stop talking about him being stuck on 149.
Over the last few weeks and months I’ve read some silly comments about Davies and his lack of goals.
For whatever reason it was assumed that he was a 25-goal a season player but look at his record and he has never been like that at any of his clubs.
So why it was thought he would be banging in the goals each week at Preston, I’m not too sure.
Davies does a different type of job up front, you could call him a hold-up man or even a battering ram.
He takes the knocks and bruises for others, brings his team-mates into play. It is other strikers who will appreciate most what Davies does up there.
I’m sure Joe Garner likes to have Davies next to him, so too Jermaine Beckford.
The same will be said of the strikers who played with him at Bolton Wanderers.
Defenders hate playing against that sort of striker.
Yes, they will win free-kicks some of the time but you know you’ve been in a game after 90 minutes with a Davies type of centre-forward.
I’m pleased that his 150th goal meant something, in that it gave Preston three points.
That was a big win in that it was their first in the league for a little while.
Also, it came hot on the heels of that fantastic FA Cup victory at Sheffield United .
What a result that was, to come back from being 1-0 down at Bramall Lane to win pretty comfortably in the end.
I’ve got to admit that at 1-0 I feared for North End because I have played at Bramall Lane enough times and know what a difficult place it is for the away team.
Every credit though, back came Preston to score three goals and set up the meeting with Manchester United.
You need your big players in the big occasions and it was clear that Paul Gallagher did his job in the FA Cup tie.
Gallagher is a clever player, probably playing in a division lower down than he should be.
He has got 11 goals now and plenty of assists, his cross for Davies’ header on Saturday the latest one.
While the United tie is on the horizon, it is important that North End keep their eye on the ball at Chesterfield on Tuesday night.
They are going well, are up there in the play-off mix and had a good win away at Notts County on Saturday.
First and foremost, PNE need three points there to maintain a promotion push.
Minds cannot wander yet to the United game – that’s a few days away.
Simon Grayson will I’m sure be reminding the squad that a strong performance and win at Chesterfield would mean the team near enough picking itself for the United game.
But a poor result would see him tempted to make changes.
What a boost it would be to carry three wins into the FA Cup game – the last thing you want is a defeat before it.
The carrot is there for the Preston lads – play well against Chesterfield and there is every chance they will face players worth £50m in the next match.
United’s team has been expensively assembled and as a player, to get the chance to test yourself against Wayne Rooney and Co is something you don’t want to miss out on.
It is a free game in many ways, with no expectation.
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