While you want to win as many of your home matches as possible, Preston’s draw against MK Dons was still not a bad result.
There is no t too much between the two sides as the League One table shows you – just goal difference.
So they were always likely to be quite well matched on the pitch and the result showed that to be the case. North End had to recover from going a goal behind just before the interval.
But what you know about them is that they always tend to have a goal in them when playing at Deepdale.
While you do not see Scott Wiseman on the scoresheet very often, he took his goal very well and who knows how vital this point will be later on in the season?
Kevin Davies and Jermaine Beckford formed PNE’s attack on Saturday. I think they could be a good partnership up there and it will just need one of them scoring to bring about a bit more confidence.
Their style of play suits one another. Davies is the target man, while Beckford likes to play on the shoulder.
Sometimes you get a pair of strikers who like to do the same kinds of jobs and they can get in each other’s way.
But I doubt you will get that with these two – they are very experienced players.
Davies is doing at North End what he has done all of his career.
He gets himself right up against defenders, flicks the ball on, wins headers, wins free-kicks and sometimes gives them away. If Preston can get Beckford reading those flicks, then they have a decent front pair to get them through until the transfer window.
If they get a run in the side together, I think they can get something going.
Davies is never going to be a regular scorer, although he should have buried that chance in the first half.
But he will drag the centre-backs out of position for other players to find space.
Michael Owen used to say that Emile Heskey was the best striker he had played alongside at Liverpool.
It was because Heskey used to graft and occupy defenders, Owen benefiting by scoring so many goals.
Sometimes, a Heskey or Davies-type player is only properly appreciated by their team-mates and not the wider public. And you will find that they bring a lot to the training ground during the week.
Next for North End is the visit to Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Win this one and they are just a two-legged regional final away from Wembley.
While managers tend to make plenty of changes in the earlier rounds, the sides get stronger as you go along.
The chance of playing at Wembley should be a great incentive for the players.
I was fortunate enough to have played there before it was rebuilt and much better players than me have never got that chance. After Notts County, it is back to league business against Peterborough and a meeting with PNE’s former manager Darren Ferguson.
The Posh have brought Aaron Mclean and Craig Mackail-Smith back to London Road in recent weeks.
They were the strikers who fired them to so much success a few years ago.
Although they are a bit older now, Mclean and Mackail-Smith will still be a threat.
But I still fancy PNE to go there and get a result. They are strong away and it would prove to be a great boost before Christmas if they bring back three points.