PNE’s Jack is King for a day

Jack King shoots to put Preston into the lead at Ashton Gate
Jack King shoots to put Preston into the lead at Ashton Gate
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Preston North End centre-half Jack King has only brought his shooting boots on to the pitch twice this season, both times against Bristol City.

King netted in PNE’s 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate, giving them a 69th-minute lead with a shot from Joe Garner’s chest down, a goal which was cancelled out within six minutes by City’s Wade Elliott.

In the reverse fixture back in November, he scored the game’s only goal and then broke his foot shortly after.

Saturday’s goal came at an emotional time for King, with his grandmother having passed away that morning.

Reflecting on his liking for scoring against the Robins, King told the Evening Post: “That is two goals this season, both against Bristol City.

“It is a double-edged sword really because when I scored at our place, I broke my foot soon after.

“I was pleased to get the goal but the result was quite disappointing because we felt we should have won it.

“In the build-up to the goal, it was a terrible free-kick from Josh Brownhill which went straight into the wall!

“It ended well though, with Josh putting a great ball into the box for Joe Garner.

“I gave Joe a shout, he saw me out of the corner of his eye and it was a superb lay-off into my stride.

“The only thing I had to do was hit the ball and it was good to see it fly in.

“It hit one of their lads and it would probably have looked a bit better had it gone straight in.

“The shot was going in even without the deflection, it just slowed down a bit.

“I was already running off towards the fans to start my celebrations.

“It was nice to celebrate in front of them as they had turned out in their numbers once again.