PNE striker Joe is something special

Joe Garner celebrates his goal against Port Vale last with Kyel Reid (left)
Joe Garner celebrates his goal against Port Vale last with Kyel Reid (left)
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Preston North End assistant boss Glynn Snodin saluted Preston’s attacking quality in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Port Vale.

Snodin believes that the team have really clicked going forward in recent games, with three more goals to savour at Deepdale last night.

Chris Humphrey, Joe Garner and Paul Gallagher were on target in the 3-2 win which put them through to the last eight of the Northern Section

Garner’s goal was a gem, his chip from outside the box worthy of a bigger stage than the JPT.

Snodin said: “There was another good goal from Joe Garner – you think you have seen everything from him and then he produces something again.

“If that had been scored in the Premier League or Champions League, it would be shown every day – they should show that every day because it was a quality finish.

“The confidence level if fantastic from him.

“Joe does things like that in training, his goals are no flukes.

“It was unbelievable, so causal.

“As the ball came to him, Joe knew what he was going to do, he’s two or three seconds ahead.

“We have got good quality around the last third, they have belief and trust in each other.

“It is great to be winning these games, it keeps a good habit up and the lads played well.

“We let in a goal at the death which made for a lively last five minutes but in the main I thought we were in control, especially the first half.

“In the second half. we created some good chances.

“We made a few changes but no matter who comes in, they want to keep the shirt.

“No one looks out of place.”

North End took a 13th-minute lead through Humphrey, Vale equalising through Tom Pope six minutes into the second half.

Then came Garner’s chip to restore the advantage, one which they added to through Gallagher’s close-range finish.

Pope scored his second of the night late on to bring it back to 3-2 but PNE held on for a fourth consecutive win.

Kyel Reid got through his first full 90 minutes since coming to the club, that a big moment in his recovery from knee surgery.

And there was a welcome return to action for club captain John Welsh after an ankle injury.

Said Snodin: “Kyel Reid has been itching to play 90 minutes bless him, he’s been telling us he’s been ready for about a month.

“We have had to hold him back but it’s nice for him to have got that under his belt.

“It was fantastic to have John Welsh back too, he is a leader and will rat all day for you, do the dirty work.

“He covered every blade of grass.

“This is a competition we want to win. It is a big prize, when you are a player you want to play at Wembley, no matter what competition it is.”