Now PNE ace Kev has a new goal

Kevin Davies after scoring for Preston
Kevin Davies after scoring for Preston
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Kevin Davies hopes not to be stuck on the 150-goal mark for as long as he was at 149, his barren run finally ending in Preston’s victory over Coventry at Deepdale.

The 37-year-old front man headed PNE’s winner against the Sky Blues – his first goal since January 18 last year, a run of 45 games.

He hopes that finding the net at long last can set him off on a run.

And next in his sights is former club Chesterfield tomorrow night at the Proact Stadium.

Davies met a Paul Gallagher cross to head past Coventry’s young keeper Lee Burge in the 22nd minute on Saturday.

It proved sufficient – but only just – to deliver a first league win since Boxing Day for Simon Grayson’s men. The visitors hit the bar deep into the stoppage time through John Fleck.

While Davies’ drought had stretched to 55 weeks, he did point out that starts in that time had been few and far between.

However, finding the back of the net came as a big relief to the striker as the 150-goal landmark had been a topic of conversation for some time.

Davies said: “It was a long time coming, wasn’t it?

“I’m pleased to get it out of the way and the important thing was that the goal gave us the three points.

“I can recall a couple of chances I have missed here. There was the one in front of the Town End against MK Dons but I haven’t actually missed too many.

“I haven’t started too many games in the last 12 months – I’ve probably had six or seven since Joe Garner’s injury.

“I’ve still been getting the assists and have enjoyed providing them for others.

“But I’m glad to have got to 150 because every game people have been asking, ‘Is it going to be today’?

“The club have given me a couple of shirts with 150 on the back which they’ve probably had made up for about a year! Gally did well for the goal. We saw him do that a number of times for Joe Garner earlier in the season.

“When he cuts in off that left-hand side you just make the run and more often than not he will pick you out.

“My goal was all about the quality of the cross and I just managed to pull off on the blindside of the defender to get my head on it. Hopefully a few more will come along now.

“Ask any striker and they will tell you that they have gone through a lean patch at one stage or another.

“Goals give you confidence and some more would be nice to help us get to where we all want to be.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Chesterfield sit a place behind North End in League One.

Davies started his career with the Spireites, making 159 appearances for them and scoring 30 goals.

Looking ahead to the trip to Derbyshire, Davies said: “It will be nice to go over there.

“I have only been to their new stadium once and have not played there yet.

“They will give us a good test and if we play like we did on Saturday we might end up coming away with nothing.

“It would be nice to play in that one, although we are starting to get options back in he forward areas.

“The Chesterfield game is the important one – we have got some catching-up to do on the teams above us.

“For me, it is all about the league, with the FA Cup tie with Manchester United being a bonus which we can start to focus on after tomorrow.”

Calum Woods is an injury concern for the Spireites game, having come off early against Coventry with a tight hamstring.

Gallagher also took a knock which forced his substitution in the second half.