Liam Lindsay can be perfect centre-back partner says Preston North End’s Jordan Storey

Jordan Storey is looking to build on the partnership he and Liam Lindsay are developing at the heart of the PNE defence.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 8:00 am

The pair have started the last two games alongside each other, against Blackburn Rovers and then Watford on Tuesday.

Lindsay arrived at Deepdale late on in the January transfer window, a replacement for Ben Davies.

He arrived with question marks over his fitness, having not featured for Stoke City this season.

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North End centre-back Jordan Storey

Storey himself has been brought in from the cold and has taken his opportunity, turning out top performances back to back.

The 23-year-old feels the relationship between the pair on the pitch has had a fast start and can still improve.

He said: “Liam’s been brilliant since he’s come in. He’s been solid, he’s good on the ball and I think over the last couple of games we’ve built a good understanding.

“Hopefully that can continue.  It’s been great in such a short space of time.

“The more games we play together the better and understanding we’ll have.

“We’ve just found each other’s strengths already.

“We have picked up different things from each other, we’re both vocal, we’ve bounced off each other 

The start against Rovers last Friday night was Storey’s first in the league since a 4-1 defeat at Watford in November.

His chance was initially afforded through a change in system requiring more centre-halves, against a pacey forward line of Rovers.

Manager Alex Neil has cited the defender’s inconsistency as a reason why he has not been a regular in the Lilywhites team so far in his time at the club and that is something that Storey is looking to prove is in 
the past.

He said: “I want to build on it now and play as many games as possible between now and the end of the season and put in some really good performances.

“Hopefully we can get some more points and climb up the table again.

“It’s difficult sometimes when you’re in and out all of the time, being a bit inconsistent and not hitting the levels I should have.

“That spurs me on even more just to get back playing and get back to my best.

“I know what I’m capable of doing and when I’m selected, I just want to put in the best performances possible and make sure I stay in the team again.

“More than ever I want to stay in there and play to the best of my ability week in and week out.

“I want to prove to everyone I can.”