Derby joy for PNE striker Keane

Will Keane glides past Mike Duff before firing past Tom Heaton
Will Keane glides past Mike Duff before firing past Tom Heaton
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Will Keane was pleased to have ended his Preston North End goal drought and come out on top of his personal dual with twin brother Michael in the derby victory over Burnley.

Keane’s 64th minute goal which put PNE ahead at Turf Moor, was his first in the Championship since joining on loan from Manchester United in the summer.

Daniel Johnson netted late on in the clash to give North End a 2-0 win – their first on Clarets turf for eight years.

It was a family affair on the pitch as striker Keane went head-to-head with his sibling who was at the heart of the Burnley defence.

Off the pitch, most of the Keane family were dotted around the ground to watch the brothers do battle.

Keane told the Evening Post: “We were both desperate to win and I’m sure Michael hated losing.

“All the family were there, half were in the Preston end and some were in the players lounge – I saw my mum cheering at the end!

“On a personal note I was really glad to get the goal to help the team win.

“The main thing was getting the three points because a couple of weeks ago we had been on the wrong end of a derby defeat to Blackburn which we didn’t like.”

PNE mastered the conditions better than their East Lancashire hosts to take the points.

Keane’s goal was something of a solo effort, a tackle by Tom Clarke on Sam Vokes taking the ball into his path on the half-way line.

Off he set towards goal, Keane’s eventual shot going through his brothers legs as he attempted to block.

“At half-time, the gaffer had spoken about the importance of winning the second ball,” said the 22-year-old front man.

“I managed to do that when I latched on to Clarkey’s challenge.

“My first thought was to drive towards goal and be as positive as possible.

“I took a good touch to get the ball out of my feet and Joe Garner made a good run to take one of the defenders away from me.

“With the conditions being how they were, I knew it wouldn’t be easy for the keeper if I got my shot on target.

“I was glad to get my shot off and see it hit the back of the net – I think it went through my brother’s legs on the way.

“The goal was a long time in coming and I was really pleased that the gaffer put me back in the team.

“I was raring to go and I wanted to repay him for putting his trust in me.

“In the last few games I had been coming off the bench and making an impact, so I was glad to build on that.”

Meanwhile, PNE will find out tonight who they face in the third round of the FA Cup.

The draw is being made at 7pm at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff and is live on BBC2.