PNE midfielder’s goal envy

Paul Gallagher missed out in front of goal
Paul Gallagher missed out in front of goal
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Goal-hungry Paul Gallagher was a tad disappointed not to have found his name on the scoresheet for Preston North End on Saturday.

PNE routed Carlisle United 6-1 at Deepdale with Craig Davies (3), Stuart Beavon, Alan Browne and Lee Holmes on target.

The last time North End hit six in a match – against Barnet in the FA Cup before Christmas – it was Gallagher who took the match ball home after hitting a hat-trick.

Like any forward, the 28-year-old former Leicester and Blackburn star likes to see his name on the scoresheet on a regular basis, although he is just as happy to be the creator of goals.

“I was bit gutted not to score on Saturday to be fair,” Gallagher said.

“But my job is to work hard for the team and create goals.

“If I’m creating then I’m quite happy, although I did want to score on Saturday but it just wasn’t my day.

“I was just happy to get the three points and it sets us up nicely for the big game tomorrow.”

North End travel to Brentford on Good Friday for what will be a crucial match in North End’s season.

If they were to beat the second-placed Bees on their home patch, it will reignite their dreams of achieving automatic promotion to the Championship with just three games of the normal season left to play.

On the other hand, Brentford could earn promotion if they were to win and other results elsewhere go their way.

There is no doubt the Bees will be feeling a certain amount of pressure, especially after last season when they were dramatically beaten to automatic promotion by Doncaster with virtually the last kick of the normal season.

PNE are currently eight points behind Mark Warburton’s men and know all about their capabilities, having lost to them 3-0 at Deepdale earlier this year.

Gallagher missed the first match between the two sides as he was suspended but knows all about the Bees.

“They are a very good team,” Gallagher said. “They’ve got some very good players – I know quite a few of them.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game, but come this stage of the season, we all know there will be a few nerves flying around.

“I am sure their fans will be wanting them to get across the line and so if we can go there and upset them, the fans could start turning on them.

“They’ve been in this position before last season when they did not quite make it, so we’ll go there full of confidence after a good result last weekend.”