Jeepers keepers at PNE

Anders Lindegaard has joined PNE on loan
Anders Lindegaard has joined PNE on loan
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When Anders Lindegaard pulls on a Preston North End shirt against Derby next Tuesday night, he will become the fifth goalkeeper used by the Lilywhites in a competitive game this season.

Jordan Pickford, Matthew Hudson, Sam Johnstone and Chris Kirkland have all worn the gloves.

Now Lindegaard will take over after joining on loan from West Bromwich Albion for the rest of the season.

It is the highest number of keepers used by North End since the 2004/05 campaign.

Six players wore the jersey in the season when PNE reached the play-off final.

Andrew Lonergan was the first-choice keeper to start with before suffering an injury. His place briefly went to Gavin Ward, before Jonathan Gould had a 
four-match run in the team.

Later in the season, Ward got injured in a game against Ipswich and was replaced from the bench by Chris Neal.

The led to Preston taking Chris Day on loan from Queens Park Rangers.

When Day was recalled by QPR to Loftus Road, Billy Davies signed Carlo Nash from Middlesbrough.

Until recently, the keeper’s position at Deepdale this season was a stable one.

Pickford played 27 games on the bounce after joining on loan from Sunderland in July.

His red card against Leeds on December 20 led to youth-team keeper Hudson coming off the bench to make his senior debut.

Pickford’s sending off was rescinded by the FA on appeal, leaving him free to maintain his 
ever-present run in the team.

When Pickford was recalled by Sunderland, Johnstone joined on a 28-day loan from Manchester United.

But the terms of the loan did not allow him to play in the FA Cup, the third-round tie at Peterborough seeing a Preston debut for Kirkland.

North End will be looking for Lindegaard’s arrival to get them back on a stable footing between the sticks.

The Dane has spent the season on Albion’s bench as back-up to Boaz Myhill.

With Ben Foster returning from a long-term absence with a knee injury earlier this month, Lindegaard slipped to third choice at the Hawthorns.

The 31-year-old is eager to get a run of senior football, something he has not had since the 2012/13 season during his Manchester United days.

“The last couple of years have been a long, dry walk in the desert and I need to get back playing and that feeling of happiness and enjoyment it brings with it,” said Lindegaard.

“I have been really missing it, so I am really looking forward to the moment. I want to be part of an ambitious project.”