PNE’s road trip suits Gally

Paul Gallagher says Preston's away form has been good in his time with the Lilywhites
Paul Gallagher says Preston's away form has been good in his time with the Lilywhites
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Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher is targeting more good times on the road to help the Lilywhites reach new heights.

The 2-1 win against Bristol City was PNE’s fourth away victory of the campaign, moving them to 13th place in the Championship.

They have another away day on Saturday when they face Ipswich at Portman Road.

In between the games, North End are staying in the south to save on the travelling, something they did to good effect in October when playing Charlton and Brighton.

The four away league wins this term have followed on from 12 last season, and 11 the campaign before.

Gallagher said: “Since I have been here, our away form has always been good.

“On the road we have got some good results, a lot of wins.

“The work-rate to score goals and stop them going in at the other end in these away games has been first class.

“If we continue to show the desire we did at Bristol City throughout the season, we will move higher up the league.

“We go to Ipswich now on the back of three wins on the bounce in the Championship.

“Ipswich are a good team, Mick McCarthy’s sides are always hard to play against.

“But we are confident going into every game, we believe in ourselves and should do, because we are going well.”

Gallagher set up both of Preston’s goals at Ashton Gate, putting over the cross which City centre-back Nathan Baker headed into his own net.

Then it was his corner which Greg Cunningham met with a diving header for the winner.

Cunningham’s goal was one crafted on the Springfields training ground.

Said Gallagher: “Greg kept telling us that he used to score goals, so the gaffer put him in the box when we did set-pieces in training.

“He was heading them all over the place so Greg went back to defending most of the time.

“We had been doing some work on this particular corner and the desire Greg showed to meet the ball was brilliant.

“I was aiming for him, Greg started his run late and I managed to get it over to him.

“Bristol City had some big lads in there so it was nice to see the corner come off.

“They had a lad on the line so for Greg to find the bit of space he did, made it an even better finish.

“Since Greg came to the club he has fitted in really well, he is comfortable on the ball and plays with his heart on his sleeve.

“After his goal, we probably should have kicked on more, kept the ball a bit better.

“There were a few nervy moments towards the end and six minutes stoppage time going on the board wasn’t the greatest to be honest.

“We came under plenty of pressure but we put our bodies on the line and Sam Johnstone did his job, making some great saves.

“The spring the kid has got is unbelievable – when he jumps he doesn’t half get some height.”

After being on the bench in last Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Peterborough, Gallagher was restored to the side against the Robins.

It was a new-look midfield, Daniel Johnson and Gallagher playing either side of Ben Pearson, who was making his debut after joining on Monday from Manchester United.

Said Gallagher: “Ben is a feisty lad isn’t he? There were a few tackles going in.

“It was good to have him in there and for a young lad, he talks well, which shows he has confidence in his own ability.”

Liam Grimshaw will follow Pearson to PNE from United later today, the midfielder having agreed a move.