Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley salutes the Lilywhites' comeback against Hull City

Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley thought his side’s perseverance earned them the win over Hull City at Deepdale.

Sunday, 23rd February 2020, 5:00 pm
Preston striker Jayden Stockley challenges Hull defender Matthew Pennington at Deepdale

PNE came from a goal down to win 2-1, with both of the Lilywhites’ goals coming in the second half.

Mallik Wailks had given Hull the lead just ahead of the break before a Paul Gallagher penalty and Alan Browne header had North End heading in a winning direction.

Stockley felt that the first goal was going to be crucial in the Championship clash but also thought that by overcoming the deficit, PNE have overcome a psychological block.

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Jayden Stockley came on as substitute in Preston's win over Hull City at Deepdale

He said: “They were direct and we couldn’t get our patterns going. They went long and they were picking up second balls.

“They got the ball through what was a really good cross as well.

“Being the home team, and a team of our quality, you just know that you’re going to get a bit of sustained pressure in the game and it’s just about capitalising.

“We needed to get that goal early and the longer it goes on you start feeling it.

“You go back to the Reading game and the Middlesbrough game here at home.

“If you don’t get that goal early to go again then it can sometimes be a long afternoon. The boys’ endeavour was unbelievable.

“The first half wasn’t how we planned, we’ve been in positions before where the first goal is crucial.

"Hull got it today and through the pattern of the last few games, whoever got the first goal went on to get the points.

“It think that’s a great psychological block, that’s the first time we’ve done that in a while and I think that will stand us in very good stead for the games coming up.

Stockley came off the bench to set up Browne’s winner, taking the ball down the left wing before clipping a cross in to the Irishman on his left foot.

The 26-year-old always feels confident on either side.

He said: “It was nice, I fancy myself off both feet.

“I don’t find myself on the wing too much in the game but Browney, one of his underrated traits is he’s good in the air.

“He’s got a good spring on him. I just put the ball in the box, and he just put it back across goal.

“He’s had to take the pace off the ball and put it back across the ‘keeper to root the ‘keeper and it’s a fantastic header.

“You’re just so happy once it hits the net.”

North End's equaliser four minutes before Browne struck, came from the penalty spot.

Referee Stephen Martin pointed to the spot when Darnell Fisher went down between Hull pair Josh Magennis and Callum Elder.

Moments earlier, Mr Martin had waved away a penalty appeal when Browne appeared to be tripped in the box.

Stockley said: “The Browney one was possibly more of a penalty, I think that’s what influenced the ref to give the second one.

“Fish got in between two players and you can never see too much when that happens.

“It was one of them, we’ll have to look again but it was such a big point in the game.

“I’d just come on, it was great for the momentum to switch that quickly.

“Gally's penalty was excellent, it’s an unbelievable technique.

“The pace he hits it with the goalkeeper has got to have wrists of steel to keep it out!

“It was great because it gave us a great platform to go on and get the three points."