Net gains for PNE loanee Keane

Will Keane is congratulated by Marnick Vermijl after scoring at Burnley

Will Keane is congratulated by Marnick Vermijl after scoring at Burnley

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Will Keane is confident that Preston North End’s strike force can regularly be on the scoresheet now that they have ended their barren patch.

Keane, Joe Garner and Eoin Doyle have all netted in recent weeks, their form in front of goal having come under the microscope.

It took until November 3 for a PNE striker to score in the league, Doyle doing so against Nottingham Forest.

Garner went on to score in successive games against Blackburn and Fulham.

On Saturday, Keane fired North End on their way to victory at Burnley.

Keane told the Evening Post: “Last week in training leading up the Burnley game, we had been talking about the need to be ruthless in finishing our chances.

“In the squad we have players with the quality to create chances and it is about putting those chances away.

“Personally, it was nice to get on the scoresheet against Burnley, while Joe and Eoin both enjoyed scoring their goals in recent weeks.

“Now that we have scored, there is no reason why we all can’t go on to get more.

“The team is on a good run at the moment and scoring more goals will help that continue.”

Keane’s goal at Turf Moor was added to in the closing stages by Daniel Johnson – the midfielder’s seventh goal of the campaign.

The creator for that goal was Garner, who broke clear down the channel and cut inside, before squaring a pass for Johnson to finish.

Said Keane: “Joe worked tirelessly all game – he put a real shift in – and it was a great piece of play from him which set up DJ’s goal.

“He was very composed when getting into the box and pulling the ball back. DJ still had plenty to do but he made the finish look easy.

“He does that – the way he plays almost looks effortless.

“That goal settled us down and made things less nervy in the last few minutes.

“It is always nice to have the cushion of another goal and I felt it was one we deserved.

“To take four points from two tough away games against Fulham and Burnley is really good.

“We have to take confidence from those results and use it in the games coming up.

“Our next two games are at Deepdale and we have to start picking up more points at home.”

Keane is on a season’s long loan from Manchester United, this the fourth time his services have been lent out – he has had spells with Wigan, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.

United do have a recall option on him in January, in line with many long-term loan deals.

His goal at Burnley came in front of United’s Under-21s coach Warren Joyce, someone who served both PNE and the Clarets as a player.

Said Keane: “I keep in close contact with Warren Joyce and he was there on Saturday.

“My full focus is on Preston and I’m enjoying my football.

“Long term, my aim is still to play for United because I’ve been with them for a number of years.

“The knee injury I got there a few years ago wasn’t the best timing because I had just got in the squad at United.

“I’ve got to try and make up for lost time and this loan with Preston is helping me.

“My fitness is good and this is a great club to play for.”