Pessimistic Dave saves the day for PNE

David Buchanan
David Buchanan
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David Buchanan believes that his crucial goal line clearance in Preston North End’s FA Cup win against Shrewsbury Town was down to him being an ‘ultimate pessimist’.

The left-back kicked a shot from Shrews front man James Collins off the line in the 65th minute of the Deepdale clash.

It helped PNE preserve the lead which Paul Huntington had given them in the first half.

Huntington’s 19th minute strike – the defender’s fourth goal in 11 games – proved enough to win the game and put them in the hat for the third round draw.

Reflecting on the goal line clearance, Buchanan told the Evening Post: “Being a defender you have to be a ultimate pessimist and see danger.

“Their lad beat Hunts with a good bit of skill and straight away I thought ‘I have to get back on the line’.

“With him being a striker I knew he would go for the shot, I couldn’t see him passing it.

“I got myself into a position where if the ball beat Thorsten Stuckmann, I was there to get in the way of it.

“The shot did beat Stucky and luckily I was there on the line in the right place to clear.

“It is part and parcel of being a defender, I love defending.

“When we were coming off the pitch, Alan Kelly the goalkeeper coach told me what I had done was the equivalent of a striker scoring at the other end. It was the same sort of feeling I got.

“The main thing was that we won the game, kept another clean sheet and got through to the next round of the competition.

“It was a tough game against Shrewsbury, they are a good side near to the top of their division.

“They came here and played some good football, both in this game and in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“At half-time we spoke about how they would come out and try to press us and that is what they did.

“Shrewsbury showed a lot of character and quality on the ball, so it was important we kept our shape and discipline.

“We had to stop the ball going in our net which is something we did and that was the third clean sheet we had kept recently.”

Buchanan was pleased to see defensive colleague Huntington on target for the second week running.

He said: “Hunts is on fire at the moment and I thought he took his goal really well.

“We lost our top goalscorer Joe Garner to injury but teams who go up score goals from all over the pitch.

“Both Hunts and Tom Clarke have chipped in with a few goals so far from centre-back.”

There was hesitation from Buchanan when asked what the ideal third round draw would be.

Manchester United are his choice, having supported them as a youngster.

Said Buchanan: “I would love to get United at Old Trafford or down here but I’m sure that is what most of the other clubs in the draw want too.

“I was brought up as a fan of Manchester United and it would be great to face them.

“I have never played at Old Trafford – as a player in League One you do not get the chance to do that very often.”

Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon felt that his side deserved a replay after a spirited display in the second half.

Mellon said: “We were all over the place in the first half but in the second half we passed it around superbly.

“We had pretty much total control of the football but maybe just didn’t have that bit of cutting edge or that bit of composure that was needed to get us back on level terms.

“A lot of people who watched the game would have to say that we were the better side in the second half.

“In the first half we never did enough, though.

“Preston changed their system three of four times which is a great credit to our boys because they knew that we were getting the better of things.”