Perfect workout says PNE No.2

PNE debutant Jordan Hugill shows his anguish as a chance goes begging
PNE debutant Jordan Hugill shows his anguish as a chance goes begging
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Preston North End assistant manager Glynn Snodin felt that the Lilywhites were given an excellent pre-season test by Chorley in last night’s annual clash at Victory Park.

It needed a strong fightback from PNE to deliver a 3-2 victory after the Magpies went 2-0 ahead in the first half.

Scott Laird reduced the arrears with a superb 30-yard finish three minutes before the interval, and Joe Garner equalised in the opening exchanges of the second half.

The winner was scored by new boy Andy Little, one of four players to pull on a North End shirt for the first time.

Snodin was at the Preston helm in the absence of manager Simon Grayson, who had minor surgery on Monday to repair a damaged knee cartilage.

He fielded entirely different sides in both halves, with the second-half XI certainly playing the better of the two.

“It was a good work out for us, Chorley played very well and took the game to us,” said Snodin.

“In the first half they pressed us, worked us, turned us and created some good chances, scoring two goals.

“That is the kind of test we wanted.

“We needed a strong
work-out and not a testimonial-type game.

“We were a bit sloppy in the first half and didn’t really get going.

“Scott Laird’s fantastic strike got us going just before half-time – that was some finish from him.

“To put it in the postage stamp like that was superb, he hit the ball ever so sweetly.

“In the second half it was a completely different story.

“We got forward a lot better and scored a couple of very good goals.

“We could have had a few more in the second half because we created quite a number of chances.

“Our front lads were a really threat in the second half.

“We had Paul Gallagher with his bit of craft, Joe Garner who likes to go in behind the defence, while Andy Little and Will Hayhurst worked hard up and down the sides.

“Hopefully the win will help the gaffer recover quickly.

“He was on the phone at half-time and was a lot more cheerful at full-time.”

The depth of the North End squad was shown by the ability to field two different sides.

And that was despite being without Scott Wiseman, John Welsh, and Lee Holmes through niggling injuries, while Kyel Reid is still recovering from knee surgery he had before joining the club.

Bailey Wright was not risked having only resumed training on Monday after being in the Australia squad at the World Cup.

PNE also used three keepers, Jamie Jones playing the first half and Thorsten Stuckmann for most of the second before he was replaced late on by Steven James.

Said Snodin: “We will be back on the training pitch to do some more work before the Liverpool game on Saturday.

“Then we have the three games next week which will be good for us.

“It is the matches when you really get your fitness, you can train as much as you want in between, but the matches test you.”