Preston North End's Ryan Ledson is impressed with his new midfield team-mates Ben Whiteman and Jayson Molumby

Ryan Ledson is impressed with how his new midfield colleagues Ben Whiteman and Jayson Molumby have settled in at Preston North End.

By Dave Seddon
Saturday, 23rd January 2021, 8:00 am

The three of them started together for the first time in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win at Birmingham City.

Ledson now hopes they can have another crack at it when PNE host Reading in a televised clash at Deepdale tomorrow (12.30pm).

“Ben and Jayson are great lads and the more time we get with them on the training pitch and in games, we will build even better relationships,” said Ledson.

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Preston North End midfielder Ryan Ledson

“They are around my age so we have plenty of things in common, plenty to talk about.

“I think Jayson is going to be a great signing, he’s a bit like Alan Browne in that he does a bit of everything.

“We obviously needed another midfielder who could play a bit deeper, so Ben coming in does that.

“They are two brilliant midfield signings and I’m sure they will do well.

North End's Ben Whiteman

“At Birmingham during the week, we played with a six and two No.8s really, with Jayson breaking forward.

“I thought it worked quite well and for the three of us it was the perfect game.

“It was about battling, winning second balls, doing the dirty stuff. That suited all three of us.

“Jayson has got the legs to get up and down the pitch, with me backing him up and Ben screening in front of the back four.”

With the Reading game pushed back to Sunday, it gave a bit of extra time for North End to savour their victory at St Andrew’s.

More importantly, there’s more recovery time ahead of facing the Royals.

Ledson said: “The win we had the other night are the best sort.

“Away from home on a night when it lashed it down and we had to hang on a bit.

“Our focus is now solely on playing Reading, we got a great win at their place but this will be a really tough game.”

There was fun to be had for some of the North End players on the way home from Birmingham, in the shape of a snowball fight.

Ledson said: “We got to Lymm services where some of us leave our cars and it had snowed quite heavily.

“We had a snowball fight at 12.30am, I was lashing them at Barky and Raff.

“I think Ched Evans won it by hitting Ben Whiteman on the head with one!”

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