Grayson salutes five-goal Preston

Joe Garner celebrates scoring in PNE's win over Crewe
Joe Garner celebrates scoring in PNE's win over Crewe
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Simon Grayson felt that Preston North End’s hammering of Crewe Alexandra had been coming for some time.

Four goals from Joe Garner and one from Jermaine Beckford delivered a 5-1 victory at Deepdale.

Garner became the first PNE player since Alex Bruce in 1978 to score four times in a game.

Lilywhites manager Grayson said: “We are delighted with the performance, outcome and the goals we scored.

“We have felt over the last few weeks that things were coming together and somewhere down the line we would put a team to the sword.

“That has happened and my overall view of the game is that we won it with our performances in the first 10 or 15 minutes of both halves.

“In the first half we played some very good attacking football with a good tempo and could have been 3-0 or 4-0 up before we scored.

“We then got the two goals, I was disappointed with the one we conceded but then we started the second half extremely well.

“Once the third goal went in it enabled us to kick on.”

Garner struck in the 11th minute and again after 24 minutes to put North End on course for victory.

Crewe’s right wing-back Oliver Turton halved the arrears in the 34th minute with the visitors’ first chance on goal.

It stayed that way until the 72nd minute when Garner curled home a fine finish from the edge of the box.

He scored his fourth in the 80th minute, Beckford then rounding-off the scoring two minutes later.

Grayson said: “I mentioned during the week that it looked like Joe was getting back his real sharpness.

“He is a handful for any defenders and will be the first to admit he relies on the service of others.

“Just when we needed the third goal, Joe came up with something special.

“I was right behind it and you could see getting it out of his feet and bend it into the top corner were it ended up.

“The game was quite evenly balanced at 2-1 so we needed that goal to crack on.

“Overall it is good when the strikers are scoring.”