PNE keeper’s blueprint for promotion

Jamie Jones and Co kept Rochdale at bay in the cup
Jamie Jones and Co kept Rochdale at bay in the cup
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PRESTON North End’s new No.1 Jamie Jones says clean sheets are the recipe for promotion success.

he 25-year-old keeper signed in June from last season’s beaten play-off finalists Leyton Orient.

And the shot-stopper kept his first official clean sheet for the club in Tuesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Rochdale.

Jack Cassidy beat Jones from a tight angle as Notts County took the lead in PNE’s eventual opening-day 1-1 draw.

But Jones has promised PNE fans that more clean sheets will follow as the Lilywhites eye automatic promotion.

He said: “It feels great to get my first clean sheet – the lads were brilliant at the back, defensively.

“It was disappointing not to get a clean sheet on Saturday with the goal I conceded but it was good to get off the mark with the clean sheets at Rochdale.

“I want to get promoted with Preston. Automatic promotion – that is the goal for the whole club and that is my goal too.

“I’m no different to anybody else, my job is just to keep as many clean sheets as possible and if I’m doing that then I am sure we will be up there.”

Jones made his league debut for Orient at Scunthorpe United as the O’s lost 2-1 in January 2009.

On Saturday, he returns to Glanford Park as a PNE player and believes the fans can make a difference in his first league away game with the Lilywhites.

He said: “I can’t wait – playing in front of the travelling fans is going to be brilliant.

“They were out in numbers at Rochdale in the rain, singing and making a lot of noise so I can’t wait for that on Saturday as well.

“In the first half against Rochdale we were giving a lot of the ball away at silly times and we should have kept hold of it a bit more.

“But we went in at half-time and we sorted that out and we were a much better side second half – it showed with the possession as we killed it off with the second goal.”