Crazy debut for new boy Reach

Preston North End's Adam Reach on the ball
Preston North End's Adam Reach on the ball
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New PNE winger Adam Reach says fans have only had a glimpse of what he is made of after a dramatic Deepdale debut against Wolves.

Reach’s 93-day loan from Middlesbrough was only announced an hour before kick-off and he had a baptism of fire as North End were reduced to 10 men just 20 minutes into the clash.

Joe Garner was sent off for a high-footed challenge just 10 minutes after his flick-on teed Daniel Johnson up to open the scoring.

The dismissal meant Reach had to up his defensive game but the 22-year-old nearly rippled the back of the net in the second half but he was thwarted by Wolves shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez who managed to tip away his fierce effort.

The Lilywhites were reduced to nine in the 81st minute when Bailey Wright was shown a second yellow.

Reach and the rest of the remaining North End players defended valiantly but Kevin MacDonald produced a moment of magic in the 91st minute to fire the ball into the top right hand corner.

And Reach hopes to show the fans what he is capable of next Saturday at Sheffield Wednesday.

He said: “I played 90 minutes which is good. I don’t think people have really seen what I am capable of because of the circumstances.

“I had to defend a lot, by the end of the game I was practically playing as a left back.

“I’m happy to get the first game out of the way, to get settled in with the boys and play here at Deepdale.

“I’m going to move on to the next game, hopefully if we keep 11 men on the pitch, the fans can see the real side of me.”

Reach said it was a ‘crazy’ debut and hailed the players for their work ethic.

He said: “It was a little crazy at times

“I’m disappointed with the result.

“It’s tough because you are trying to work as hard as you can to win the ball back and then when you do you are tired

“We were a man down, later in the game we were two men down and it is very difficult to keep the ball but I think we did it as well as we could have.

“It was a great shift by all the lads.

“I just think you have got to take the positives from the game and move on.”

Reach had loan spells with Darlington, Shrewsbury and Bradford before he forced his way into regular contention at the Riverside Stadium last season.

The winger made 46 appearances for Boro last term as they reached the Championship play-off final.

And he says the nature of his late signing took the pressure off. He said: “It has been pretty manic to be honest.

“I got a call on Thursday afternoon saying the Preston deal has gone through, get your stuff your going down.

“I stayed here on Thursday, trained with the boys on Friday and turned up for the match on Saturday.

“The fact that it didn’t get announced probably helped, there was no pressure, no messages coming in. I just got on with it and I tried to enjoy the game.

“There has been deals trying to get me out on loan to various clubs.

“My aim was just continue training at Middlesbrough until someone did say there was a club interested.

Preston were interested and they moved pretty quickly.

“I’m happy to be here.”