Exclusive: PNE winger Adam Reach’s column

Being tackled by Charlton Athletic's Chris Solly in midweek
Being tackled by Charlton Athletic's Chris Solly in midweek
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Our win over Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night was well deserved and down to a lot of hard work.

We had been saying for a while that a win was close in coming and it was a relief to leave The Valley with three points.

It was a perfect away performance in my eyes –we were sharp in attack, we defended well, took our chances and could have even won by a bigger margin.

I played my part in the first goal by winning the free-kick from which Paul Gallagher scored.

One of the Charlton players put a square ball across the midfield which opened the door for me.

I got to the loose ball and the only thing on my mind was to attack and drive forward.

Their defenders started closing in on me as I got nearer to the penalty area and one of them brought me down.

Step forward Gally to do the rest, curling an inch-perfect free-kick over the wall and back down into the bottom corner of the net.

It was a great start in the first two minutes and we didn’t look back from there.

Gally’s second goal later in the first half was an unbelievable finish but at the time I was shouting for him to pass to me!

When the corner was cleared back out to him, I was unmarked on the edge of the box and screaming for the pass.

Thankfully he ignored me and his first-time shot bent into the far top corner showed superb technique.

That shows the quality which Gally has got and maybe we should not be surprised that he scored the two goals which he did at Charlton. The third goal from Daniel Johnson was top-drawer too.

DJ’s got that type of finish locked down hasn’t he?

We have seen plenty of times when he has got the ball in a position like that and swept a left-foot shot into the far side of the goal.

All three goals were of real quality and hopefully we can build on the win over the coming weeks.

As a squad, we have been together all week.

We travelled to London on Monday night ahead of Tuesday’s gameand stayed there after the game.

On Wednesday night, we had a trip to Kempton Park races and had a great evening.

We were all still buzzing from the Charlton game and in good spirits. Mind you, I don’t think many of us backed winners on the night.

One or two of the lads were telling us they had some good tips, with Greg Cunningham blowing his own trumpet.

But those tips didn’t come to much and we came away with nothing.

It was a great laugh though, a chance to relax away from the pitch and enjoy each other’s company.

We have been training at Bisham Abbey for the last couple of days.

England used to train there before going to St George’s Park and it is a fantastic venue with top-class facilities.

Hopefully, a couple of days’ training there can help us go to Brighton and get a result.

All the lads have enjoyed being together these last few days and staying down has saved a lot of travelling up and down on the train and motorway.

I’ve been staying in a hotel in Preston since I joined the club on loan, so this has been a nice change of scene for me.

We must have an odd number of players in the squad because I haven’t got a room-mate this week.

I’ve got a room to myself which gives me plenty of space.

After such a good win at Charlton, our focus in now on getting something against Brighton.

We go there with them top of the league and the game will be a huge test for us.

They are flying and have yet to be beaten in the league this season.

But if we play as well as we did in midweek, why can’t we get something?

Bristol City managed to score first there on Tuesday night, before Brighton hit back with two second-half goals.

We go as underdogs and if you use the statistics as a guide, people will write us off. That underdog tag might suit us, there won’t be much pressure on us.

But we go there prepared, organised and with plenty of confidence from Charlton.

I’ve been at Preston now for a month and I’m really enjoying my loan.

Game by game, week by week, I’m feeling sharper and getting to know how things are done here.

Playing regularly is helping my game and every footballer is the same in that respect.

The more you play, the quicker and sharper your brain works and you are switched on to things a lot more.

I feel fitter, having started all of the games and hopefully I can continue to make a big contribution.

As a team, results have been improving gradually and the aim is for that to continue over the coming games.