PNE winger Kyel catches Snodin’s eye

Preston winger Kyel Reid jumps with Norwich's Ignasi Miquel
Preston winger Kyel Reid jumps with Norwich's Ignasi Miquel
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Preston North End assistant boss Glynn Snodin predicts that Kyel Reid’s performance in the FA Cup win over Norwich is a sign of things to come.

Reid caught the eye on the left wing and put in the pass for Paul Gallagher’s clinching second goal.

It was his eighth start since returning from knee surgery and 17th appearance in total in a PNE shirt.

The 27-year-old had missed the Christmas games against Barnsley and Crewe with tonsillitis.

But he got a start for the visit of the Canaries as Simon Grayson juggled his squad.

Snodin, No.2 to Grayson, told the Evening Post: “What we saw from Kyel on Saturday is what we expect as the season goes on – and more.

“Having worked with the lad before, I knew he had that kind of performance in his locker.

“Kyel was ill over Christmas but came back well and, as he gets himself completely right after his injury, we will see more performances like that.

“Hopefully in the months to come he can produce displays like that every week.

“For Gally’s second goal he did brilliantly with the pass, while he showed plenty of energy in the game.

“When the lad is running at you with pace like that and has the ability to go left or right, he can be a difficult opponent to mark.”

Reid played until the 86th minute against Norwich before giving way to new boy Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

He has certainly put himself into contention for a place in the squad against Walsall in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final tomorrow night at Deepdale (7.45pm).

There will be an element of squad rotation going on, with Walsall’s visit followed by the league clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Snodin admits that some forward planning needs to go into playing three games in a week, although injury and illness can hit the best laid plans between matches.

He said: “We sat down as a staff last week to look at the three games in the FA Cup, JPT and league.

“In that situation you have plenty of discussion and a lot of paper gets used as you try and plan for different scenarios.

“You’ve always got to look ahead a bit and have the next game in mind, although various things do change in between.

“Simon is very good at his planning – he’s level-headed.

“It is nice to have a plan for the games ahead but obviously things can change.”

The depth to the Lilywhites squad was underlined by the bench for the Norwich game.

Ebanks-Blake, Jermaine Beckford, Kevin Davies, Tom Clarke, Neil Kilkenny, Chris Humphrey and Jamie Jones were the substitutes.

Beckford and Humphrey came on just beyond the hour mark with the game goalless.

Said Snodin: “There was some big firepower on the bench and some big shorts!

“If it was close with 25 minutes to go we could have gone for broke and put all three of the strikers on.

“The game plan was always to stop Norwich playing because they had a lot of players in the starting XI who were with them in the Premier League last season.

“We had to make sure that we stayed in the game and then start to take control as it got into the final stages.

“I thought the game plan worked well and we deserved to go through to the next round.”