Glynn Snodin says that Preston North End will give it their best shot in trying to reach Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The Lilywhites beat Shrewsbury 1-0 at Deepdale last night in the first round, a second-half goal from Jordan Hugill delivering the victory.
Although PNE’s side showed eight changes to the one which had drawn in the league against Sheffield United last Saturday, assistant manager Snodin says that just emphasised the depth of the squad available to him and Simon Grayson.
Some of the changes were forced upon North End, with Chris Humphrey, Scott Wiseman and Andy Little – all starters at the weekend – away on international duty, as was Bailey Wright.
Little’s call-up to the Northern Ireland squad came after lunch yesterday, and the front man had been due to start the Shrewsbury tie.
Snodin said: “Progress was all that mattered but I thought the lads applied themselves fantastically from the start.
“We played with a good high tempo from the start – it meant something for them because we want to get to Wembley.
“We came out of the traps well, we moved the ball and had good energy about us.
“Then for some reason we stopped later in the first half.
“At half-time we told them to work the keeper a bit more in the second half, get more bodies forward and be brave in the last third.
“We want to go to Wembley, in your career it is one of the few chances you have to play at the home of English football.”
North End’s winner arrived in the 59th minute, Hugill scoring in front of the home supporters for the first time to follow-up his first goal in club colours at Middlesbrough a week earlier.
Right-back Calum Woods, later named man of the match, was the creator.
“Calum did superbly for the goal, he got himself into the box really well,” Snodin said.
“He then cut the ball back nicely for Jordan to score.
“Jordan took the chance well, as he did at Middlesbrough.
“He is learning every day and every week, and hopefully we can bring a player out of him.
“We have a fantastic squad here, whoever you put in they are ready to play.
“That is what is good because the lads who are in there already know they have to play well to keep that shirt.”
Kyel Reid made his long-awaited PNE debut as a 72nd-minute sub, the winger having recovered from surgery to repair a damaged cruciate ligament sustained playing for former club Bradford.
Snodin said: “It was a bad injury and it has been a long and winding road to recovery.
“It has probably felt longer for Kyel when he has working on his own to get fit.
“He has worked hard and he will have loved that.”
Meanwhile, Chris Humphrey is on the short list for the League One player of the month award.
The winger is up against Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane, Bradford striker James Hanson and Reda Johnson of Coventry City.
The winner will be announced on Friday.