Glynn Snodin has revealed that a ‘bad cop’ act from Simon Grayson and himself helped inspire Preston’s victory over Notts County.
While North End saw plenty of the ball in a goalless first half at Deepdale, Grayson’s No.2 Snodin felt that their play was not up to scratch.
So words were said in the dressing room at half-time and they had the right affect as debutant Craig Davies and Joe Garner found the net in a 2-0 win.
With leaders Brentford drawing at Shrewsbury, and Leyton Orient losing away to Rotherham, victory helped narrow the gap.
Snodin told the Evening Post: “We were too loose with the ball in the first half.
“Our play was sloppy, we weren’t really at it – we didn’t have enough movement.
“I can’t really repeat what was said at half-time, but it was bad cop and bad cop in there!
“To be fair to the lads, they responded in the right way and didn’t sulk at all.
“They took what we said to them squarely on the chin and went on to produce a much better second half.
“The performance after the interval was very good and we could have ended up scoring more than the two goals we did.
“For a while you might have thought that it was going to be one of those games again when the ball wouldn’t go in.
“They had Kevin Pilkington in their goal who hadn’t played for a year or so.
“Everything was hitting him, Pilks made some good saves and there was stuff being cleared off the line.
“Credit to the boys, they kept going and it was great to see Craig and Joe come up with the goods.”
Davies, signed on loan from Bolton on transfer deadline day, shattered the deadlock with a powerful finish in the 65th minute.
Soon after he was brought down by Magpies midfielder Jack Grealish, with Garner dispatching the penalty for his 14th goal of the season.
Snodin applauded Davies’ performance and admitted it was a surprise that the striker was available on loan.
“I thought that Craig did very well, he is a powerful lad who causes defences a lot of problems with his strength and pace,” said Snodin.
“He has got a good eye for goal and the boy has a great strike on him.
“Craig scored a lot of goals in the Championship for Barnsley which got him the move to Bolton.
“I couldn’t believe that Bolton were letting him out and I think we have got a snip.
“It is great to have all of the strikers we have at the club because ultimately they win you games.
“We need them all because we might get an injury or someone goes out of form a little bit.
“We’re looking forward to working with them all until the end of the season.”
Snodin said he was pleased to have had Neil Kilkenny in the side on Saturday after the midfielder’s red card against Bradford was overturned on appeal by the FA.
“I didn’t think either of them should have been sent-off, they were a yellow card at most,” said Snodin.
“It’s Neil Kilkenney and Kyle Bennett who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, bless them!
“There was a little bit of shoving here and there, that’s all. If it was a punch-up, fair enough, but there was nothing in it and it was right that the card got rescinded.”