Darnell Fisher on the joy of scoring his first Preston North End goal in the draw at Norwich

Darnell Fisher finally got off the mark for Preston North End but only had the company of Norwich City fans to celebrate it with.

Sunday, 20th September 2020, 4:45 pm

The right-back netted PNE’s second goal in the 2-2 draw with the Canaries at Carrow Road.

It came in his 105th game for North End and on the day 1,000 Norwich supporters were allowed back in the ground as part of an EFL pilot.

A few minutes before the goal, Fisher had been booked for a foul on Onel Hernandez.

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Darnell Fisher jumps for joy after scoring his first Preston goal in the draw at Norwich

So quite a bit of stick had come his way from the stand on that side of the ground.

Fisher said: “There were no Preston fans but I celebrated over in front of the Norwich fans because they were giving me stick.

“We’ve had no fans in the ground for about six months, they come back and I get stick!

“I’d been booked earlier and I think their fans were trying to get me sent-off.

Darnell Fisher with PNE goalkeeper Declan Rudd at Carrow Road

“With the celebration I wanted to go a bit crazier but I couldn’t because of the booking.”

For a player who until this game only had one career goal to his name – when on loan at St Johnstone from Celtic in 2016 – he took it well.

Ryan Ledson’s pass played Scott Sinclair into the box and when his shot was blocked, Fisher followed-up to drive home the rebound.

“It fell nicely and I hit it well,” said Fisher.

“I had to put it where I did because they had about four players who had dropped back to cover on the line.

“Thankfully my shot went down the middle and they went to the sides.

“It was a good build-up, Ryan did really well all game and his was a good pass.

“Scotty did well too and suddenly I had the opening.

“Was it my best? When you’ve only got two in your career it’s not difficult to choose!

“The one for St Johnstone was more of a cross that flew in so this goal was definitely a lot better.

“I thought we played well all through the game and maybe deserved to win.

“Before the game if you’d said we would come here and get a draw, that would not have been terrible.

“When you are in front for a lot of the game though, you want to get three points. It is what it is and we move on to the next game.”