Midfielder Brad Potts has got his mojo back, says Preston fan Tim Mercer
Talk about a game of two halves! Going in at the break 2-0 down to a strong looking Brentford side that only missed the Premier League by a whisker last term did little to lift the gloom felt by many fans of late as we thought ‘here we go again’.
Two sloppy bits of defending against a side renowned for its attacking prowess is not a good way to go about trying to overturn a long-awaited away win in West London, as we visited the Bees’ brand-new stadium for the first time.
To make matters worse, it was the usual case of there not really being much between the sides, apart from those two slips, and I’ve no doubt many other fans back in Preston had given the game up by time we put the kettle on for our half-time brew.
So what happened in the second period was quite remarkable, as North End took the game to their hosts with vigour and vim with a proper team performance which saw them score four second-half goals in emphatic style.
Pick of the crop for me occurred just past the hour mark, with the third goal scored by Brad Potts giving us the lead for the first time in the match.
This player came back alive in those remaining games of the re-start of last season.
He’s got his mojo back and is running at defences with aggression and purpose. Along with Ryan Ledson, we seem to have a couple of gems here that could go on to have real impact in the games to come. Potts carved out the opportunity with a lovely turn before pushing the ball to one side and unleashing a cracker that gave the keeper no chance.
Scott Sinclair did his confidence a world of good by bagging a brace to get us level at 2-2 and the hard-working Sean Maguire got his just rewards with a poacher’s goal for the fourth and final goal after the ball was headed down to him in the box.
There was even time to get Emil Riis Jakobsen on for his debut, with the Danish striker coming close to a goal himself in the latter stages.