Best goals tally yet for PNE defender

Paul Huntington's opener set Preston on the way to victory on Saturday
Paul Huntington's opener set Preston on the way to victory on Saturday
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Paul Huntington is aiming for double figures of goals at one end of the pitch and more clean sheets at the other in a bid to push Preston North End towards promotion.

The centre-half set the ball rolling in PNE’s 4-0 thumping of Oldham at Boundary Park, heading his eighth goal of the season after just 70 seconds.

It was a lead they built on, Daniel Johnson netting a superb finish later in the first half before Joe Garner and Jermaine Beckford scored in the second period.

Seven of Huntington’s eight goals have come in victories and the Cumbrian is pleased to be contributing at both ends of the pitch.

Huntington told the Evening Post: “Eight is my best tally for a season, I think I got five in my first year here.

“A few more would be nice, getting into double figures is certainly an aim.

“I cannot fault the quality delivery of crosses and corners from the lads which have led to me scoring.

“When the ball comes in I just try and attack it as aggressively as I can.

“As a defender, clean sheets are my priority and we have now kept five in a row in league games.

“I’m pleased that we are able to reward the fans, we had a great following at Oldham and it was nice going over to them at the end to share the victory with them.

“It was a good performance on Saturday, we thoroughly deserved the win.

“We did the dirty side of the game well, the pitch wasn’t great to play football on.

“My goal came very early but I got booked not too long after that for a foul so I had to watch my step for the rest of the game – I was thinking about that more than the goal.

“Getting the second goal before half-time freed things up and the third goal early in the second half killed it.

“We went on to score a fourth and to be honest we could have had a couple more.”

Johnson’s goal was his third in three successive games, it being the best of the lot.

Collecting a knock down from Garner, he advanced to the edge of the box and drove a left-foot shot into the roof of the net.

“Daniel is catching me up because he scored three for Oldham when he was on loan there,” said Huntington.

“So that’s six for him in all and he wants 10 – I want the same at least.

“Him and Callum Robinson are very good attacking players who have added something different to our play.

“Callum has that ability to go past players when the game opens up after an hour or so.

“We have seen Daniel’s quality with his three goals in three games and I hope he gets a lot more.”

Victory moved Preston into third place in the table, level on points with MK Dons – their opponents on Saturday.

Before that, they are back in action tomorrow night at Deepdale (7.45pm) against Doncaster Rovers who moved into the play-off places at the weekend.