PNE victory delights Snodin

Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson celebrate PNE's opening goal

Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson celebrate PNE's opening goal

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Preston North End assistant manager Glynn Snodin was pleased to see the PNE players respond to a half-time tactical reshuffle in the Deepdale victory over Scunthorpe United.

The Lilywhites changed from a 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 at the interval, second-half goals from Daniel Johnson and Paul Gallagher delivering a 2-0 win.

Snodin said: “It was a great day with the win and other results going the way they did.

“In the first half we were a bit ponderous, a bit slow in our build-up play and we needed to up the tempo.

“That is what we did, we changed it round at half-time, went to a back four and got more bodies forward - that worked for us.

“We had a rally call-up at half-time and the lads responded to what we wanted them to do.

“They took it on board and that is why we got the 2-0 victory.

“Scunthorpe had been on a good run, hadn’t lost in nine games away from home so we knew it was going to be difficult.

“They did a job on us in the first half but I thought in the second half our lads were fantastic.”

Johnson’s 58th minute opener was his first goal for the club since signing from Aston Villa in January.

Gallagher made the game safe in the 71st minute, stretching to turn home a cross from Chris Humphrey.

Snodin said: “It was nice for Daniel Johnson to score his first goal for us.

“He is a great footballer, has a football brain and we knew he could score goals.

“That is what we want, more bodies in the box and not having to just rely on the strikers.

“It is nice to get goals from elsewhere and this will have been a boost for Daniel.”