PNE star targets 150th goal

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Preston North End front man Kevin Davies is confident that his 150th career goal will hit the back of the net before too long.

He has been stuck on 149 for nearly 11 months, his last goal coming in January’s 1-1 draw with Coventry.

Davies says success for PNE is more important than any personal milestone but admits it would be nice to reach the 150-goal mark.

“The goal will come, I’m sure about that,” Davies told the Evening Post.

“It is not something which affects me too much, as long as the team is doing well and gets to where it wants to be.

“When we’ve got a penalty it has passed through my mind but I’ve always believed that whoever is most confident should take it.

“I missed in the shoot-out against Oldham, while Joe Garner used to take them when he was fit.

“Paul Gallagher’s record before last Saturday was 100% so he went for the ball when we got the penalty.

“Jermaine Beckford is also sniffing around now if we get a penalty so I might have to wait.

“I’m not one for personal glory, milestones and awards, I like the things done with the team.

“The aim at the moment is to get back in the top two and then stay there.”

Davies, 37, thinks that North End have kicked-on from last season’s play-off defeat and are in good shape to maintain an automatic promotion push.

This weekend they have a test of those credentials when third-place MK Dons visit Deepdale.

Said Davies: “We have a very good squad here, there are players who haven’t played as much as they would like – myself included – dying to play. You can see the strength in depth we have.

“The manager has always said that people would get their chance and we have seen that with players like John Welsh and Paul Huntington coming back in.

“When you get a chance you don’t want to let go of the shirt.

“Obviously we are going to miss Joe Garner because he has been outstanding.

“But it’s down to the other lads to chip in with the goals.

“There is a good feeling in there, losing in the play-offs last season was difficult but it has given us the determination and drive to do better.”

Davies will be in opposition to a former Bolton team-mate of his against MK Dons.

Benik Afobe has banged in the goals since joining them on loan from Arsenal in August.

Afobe, 21, had a six-month loan spell with Wanderers two seasons ago.

Said Davies: “Benik was at Bolton for a while with me.

“He is a young lad with a lot of attributes and is someone we will have to watch carefully.

“MK Dons are doing well, they are up there for a reason, it is not down to chance or luck.

“We know how competitive it is up there near the top and we find ourselves in a decent position too.

“It will be a tough game on Saturday but one we are very much looking forward to.

“We have hit some form in terms of results and we know we will have to get up to our best form if we want to win.

“In training we have done a lot of work on them .”