Flying Preston North End winger Chris Humphrey has well and truly ended his Deepdale drought.
The Jamaica international had to wait until Saturday’s 4-2 win over Colchester to finally open his goalscoring account in front of his own supporters.
His strike against the Us appears to have done him the world of good as he notched once more in the very next game at Deepdale – opening the scoring as North End edged past Port Vale 3-2 in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday evening.
Up until Saturday, all of Humphrey’s five goals in PNE colours had arrived in away games.
After arriving at the club during the summer of 2013 from Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell, Humphrey chipped in with three goals in his debut season.
His first goal was at the Sixfields Stadium in the memorable 4-4 draw with Coventry City in August last year. And he was on target again less than a week later in the 3-0 victory over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.
He had to wait another six months before hitting the target again with the first goal in Preston’s 3-1 victory at Boundary Park in March earlier this year.
However, Humphrey has already bettered his goalscoring record in 11 appearances so far this season.
His first goal of the campaign came in the thumping 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park
And he was on target again in the next match as PNE drew 1-1 against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Assistant manager Glynn Snodin said Humphrey was relieved to finally score on in front of the Preston fans at Deepdale.
“That that was in his mind,” said Snodin. “He would have known about that so it is nice that he has got that off his back and hopefully he will score a few more.
“We want goals from all areas – we don’t just want to rely on Joe Garner.
“At the moment we are getting goals all over the park, which is what we have been striving for.”
Humphrey has enjoyed a consistent run of games in the early part of the season and Snodin believes the PNE faithful are beginning to see the best of him.
“You always want consistency from wingers but sometimes you don’t get that.
“The kid is wanting to learn, he is listening, taking things on board, we are showing him stuff – showing him DVDs – talking to him and he is producing.
“At the end of the day it is up to Chris to produce – he has taken it all out on the pitch, where it matters, and is doing well.
“Not only is he looking good but the team is because of what he is doing.”
Tuesday night’s win over Vale was North End’s fourth win on the spin and they head into the international break in good spirits.
“We have some big games ahead, some long journeys.
“It is a busy couple of months but that is what you want.”