PNE striker Davies scores landmark goal

Simon Grayson

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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson gave Kevin Davies a big pat on the back after the striker’s 150th career goal delivered the Lilywhites victory over Coventry City at Deepdale.

Davies headed the game’s only goal in the first half, ending a 55-week barren spell in front of goal.

Grayson said: “Kevin has been a fantastic servant to the game and thoroughly deserved to get to the 150-goal mark.

“He has been waiting for a while, has had a few opportunities but has kept on going.

“His overall play has been fantastic for us, so for him to get his 150th goal speaks volumes for the player.

“Hopefully he will be on the scoresheet a lot more now, sometimes with strikers goals come in runs.”

Grayson admitted North End had made heavy weather of securing the three points, with Coventry having opportunities to snatch an equaliser during a second half they bossed.

Deep into stoppage-time a shot from John Fleck rattled the bar, bringing back memories of last season’s meeting when the Sky Blues levelled in the 97th minute.

Said Grayson: “We made hard of it.

“We made wrong decisions in the second half, we didn’t have the energy and tempo which we had at Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

“Some of the lads looked a bit leggy but that is no excuse, we need to do better if we want to get where we want to.

“It was almost deja-vu from last year when Coventry scored in the 97th minute or something like that.

“We have to make better decisions, we told the players we have to stop the source, push out and get the opposition playing in their own half.

“But we played in the wrong areas and too many players then decided to go back in numbers and defend the 18-yard box rather than stopping the ball at source.

“The important thing is that we won the game but we will have to play a lot better if we want to get to where we want to.”

North End lost Calum Woods to a tight hamstring early in the game while Paul Gallagher’s substitution in the second half was down to him having a knock.