PNE striker Beck on track!

Jermaine Beckford was delighted to score his first goal for PNE
Jermaine Beckford was delighted to score his first goal for PNE
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Jermaine Beckford hopes that he is now in the scoring groove for Preston after netting their winner in the weekend victory over Peterborough.

The striker’s goal late in the first half at London Road was his first in PNE colours since joining on loan from Bolton and gave them a 1-0 win.

It ended a slightly frustrating five-game goalless run but the 31-year-old front man always felt confident that he would produce the goods.

Beckford said: “I had not felt too much pressure to be honest with you.

“I always knew that a goal was going to come, as a forward you have to have a certain level of confidence about you.

“In the games before this I had been a bit unfortunate not to score but fortunately we had still picked up good results along the way.

“It was nice to score against Peterborough and to win the game but the most important thing was the result.

“That was a difficult place to go against a good team, so happy days that we got three points.

“For the goal I managed to turn inside the box and when the goalkeeper came out, I let instinct take over and I lifted the ball over him.

“Fingers crossed, there are more goals to come and I can help the side to pick up some more good results.”

Before Saturday, you had to go back to August to find the last time Beckford had scored.

He found the net twice for Bolton in a Capital One Cup win at Crewe.

Although it had taken him a few weeks to get off the mark for North End, Beckford has had little difficulty settling in at the club. And he feels that being paired up front with Kevin Davies has helped in the last two league games.

“It has been very easy to fit in because I had played with quite a few of the lads in our squad at other clubs and played against others,” said Beckford.

“Over the last couple of games, Kevin Davies and myself have worked up a good understanding with each other.

“It doesn’t hurt that Kevin is such a nice guy off the pitch too, so that has helped us to work together.

“We missed the chance of playing together at Bolton, he had left just before I arrived.

“But now a year or so later we have got the chance to play in the attack and we are doing okay up there.

“Kevin is a great character around the dressing room, leads by example.”

PNE boss Simon Grayson felt that Beckford worked well with Davies on Saturday, as they had against MK Dons the previous week.

Grayson said: “They are both good players and have played most of their football higher than League One.

“Jermaine is a better player when he has someone alongside him, a target man.

“When I have worked with him at other clubs he has always worked alongside someone up front.

“There is probably no one better in this division as a target man than Kevin and it would be nice for him to get his 150th career goal so he can go on to get a few more

“Hopefully these two can combine to get more goals.”