PNE striker ‘Keane’ to improve

Will Keane is chasing his first league goal in PNE colours
Will Keane is chasing his first league goal in PNE colours
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Preston North End loan star Will Keane is convinced there is a lot more to come from him and his fellow attackers at the club.

North End have made a more than satisfactory start to life back in the Championship after winning one and drawing two in the first few days of the new season.

The team’s relative success has been built on a solid defensive foundation – they have yet to concede a goal in any of their opening three league games, which is believed to be a club record.

If there is one area North End need to improve upon is their goal return – Paul Gallagher’s winner against MK Dons remains their only mark in the goals for column.

Keane – who scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road – is sure that it will not be long before opposition’s nets bulge on a regular basis, hopefully starting with today’s home clash with Ipswich Town at Deepdale.

“I have really enjoyed it so far,” he said.

“We’ve had a solid start and had some tough games, but we are looking strong.

“We have not conceded a goal yet and that’s a great base to build on.

“But we know there is a lot more to come from us in an attacking sense – we do feel confident as an attacking team.

“There’s good competition for places up front – Jermaine Beckford’s to come back from injury.

“The manager has said that he could use me, Joe Garner and Jermaine all together, which would show his attacking intent. Joe’s had a good start to the season, but he’s still waiting for his first goal.

“I think I have been linking up well with the other strikers and it was nice to get my first goal in the cup.

“But now I want to push on, get my first goal in the league and then push on from there.”

Keane was close to opening his league account on his debut against Middlesbrough when he had a shot in the first half cleared off the line.

And he went close again on Tuesday night at Rotherham when he latched on to a pass from Gallagher, but lashed his shot just over the bar.

“I was a bit disappointed with that,” he said. “I sort of got myself a yard on the defender and I was probably about 18 to 20 yards out.

“I think if I had hit the target I would probably have scored.

“I hit it a little bit too sweet and leant back a bit, which was a bit frustrating because it would have been nice to see that go in the back of the net.

“They are the fine details between winning and drawing games, but hopefully today and the upcoming games I will be able to get a few goals.”

Keane also revealed that Beckford has been watching his progress in games and offering him tips.

“Jermaine talks to me quite a lot and gives me advice,” Keane said. “Even though he’s been injured, he’s been going to the games and telling me what I’ve been doing well and what I can improve upon.”