PNE must see off Oldham says defender

Left-back Ben Davies hopes that Preston can return to winning ways against Oldham at Deepdale on Saturday
Left-back Ben Davies hopes that Preston can return to winning ways against Oldham at Deepdale on Saturday
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Preston North End defender Ben Davies is targeting a swift return to winning ways when the Lilywhites host Oldham at Deepdale this weekend.

A stoppage-time equaliser from Doncaster denied PNE a third consecutive victory in midweek.

Not being able to hold out in those last few minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium came as a big disappointment to Davies, who has started the season as PNE’s first-choice left-back.

So he hopes that they can make up for that during Oldham’s visit on Saturday.

Davies told the Evening Post: “It was frustrating, what happened at Doncaster.

“While we didn’t play that well we thought that we were going to get the victory.

“To concede so late on was disappointing, although there will be times when we do that to sides.

“It would have been great to get another win following the victory in the cup at Rochdale and what we did against Scunthorpe.

“If we had been offered four points from six before these last two away games, we would probably have taken that.

“But with how things happened on Tuesday night with the late equaliser, it felt disappointing.

“What we have to do now is get back to Deepdale on Saturday, get the home support behind us and get a win against Oldham.

“We have got a busy spell of games at the moment with the league games and cup ties, and it is a chance to put a decent run of form together.”

Barrow-born Davies, who turned 19 last week, is enjoying his run in the side.

He has so far been preferred to Scott Laird and David Buchanan in the left-back role.

“It’s all about getting time out on the pitch and so I’m enjoying this experience,” said Davies.

“When I came back after the summer I didn’t know what the manager’s plans were.

“It was just my aim to get back in the best shape possible in order to fight for my place.

“I feel so much better for my season on loan at York. I’m fitter, stronger and more experienced.”

Meanwhile, North End have slashed admission prices for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Shrewsbury Town on September 2.

PNE ambassadors and Shrews season ticket holders will be charged £4 if seats are brought before 5pm on the day. Adult admission is £5 and juniors £1.