John Smith's PNE Fans' Panel verdict: Sunshine all the way

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Just like in the theme of the signature tune of legendary comedian and former Luton director Eric Morecambe, it was a case of "Bring Me Sunshine" for me on Saturday .

I ended up skipping merrily with the travelling faithful as they celebrated a hard fought win with the team at the end of an energy sapping game played in scorching temperatures. It was the first time that we had managed a win in five visits to the home of last season’s beaten play-off finalists.

That was in November 1999, when two goals scored by crowd favourite David Eyres helped us secure a 2-0 victory on our way to becoming League One Champions at the end of season 1999/2000.

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This time around the win was by a more slender one-goal margin but coincidentally, it was our current left-sided wing-back Robbie Brady who is also quickly becoming a firm fan favourite who set up this win midway through the first half.

Preston North End's Freddie Woodman punches clear at Kenilworth RoadPreston North End's Freddie Woodman punches clear at Kenilworth Road
Preston North End's Freddie Woodman punches clear at Kenilworth Road

He delivered a pinpoint cross for my man of the match Brad Potts to volley into the roof of thenet, which turned out to be the only goal of the contest.

The eruption of noise from our very vocal away support after this most insane of strikes would definitely have woken up any residents in the nearby houses joined onto the ground, who may have dozed off while watching the Saturday afternoon matinee.

Luton were always in the game and looked like they could score but football is essentially a straightforward game.

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And if you put the ball in your opponent's net more times than they put it in yours, then you win the game which is exactly what happened on Saturday.

After going into the interval with our one-goal lead intact, Luton continued to press in the second half by constantly pumping high balls into our penalty area, especially from their numerous corners, but all of them were dealt with by our resolute defence without too many hair-raising moments.

It was our first league win of the season but it also meant that we remained unbeaten without conceding a goal in our first three league outings.

Before the season started I was worried about the strength of our defence.

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But after these three consecutive clean sheets in the league, my fears have seemingly been proved to be unfounded.

Freddie Woodman is playing with the confidence of a keeper who has been a fixture between our posts for years.

But it is not just the defence which are playing like a well-oiled unit.

As the game reached its climax, when I saw all the substitutes stood up off the bench willing the team on to hold out, it was evident to me that the players are all united in their dedication to the cause.

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I feel that with thiskind of team spirit, together with the new-found unity at the club between the manager and the fans, we could hopefully be in for some more sunshine days out in the future, even when it eventually starts to rain again.