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Paul Gallagher steals the ball off Andre Gray
Paul Gallagher steals the ball off Andre Gray
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Preston supporters will have enjoyed their weekend after Saturday’s excellent derby victory over Burnley.

Turf Moor isn’t a place for the faint-hearted and prior to North End’s visit, the Clarets had been beaten only once in the league at home.
It is four points from two successive away games for PNE, which is anyone’s book is a decent return.
A draw at Fulham – which they could quite easily have won – and this win over Burnley has been a great response to the 2-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers a fortnight ago.
North End’s performance at Burnley was a disciplined one and you need that against a Sean Dyche side.
Dyche was a player in my era, a tough centre-half who likes his sides to be organised and hard to beat.
So to have breached their defence twice and to have shut out Andre Gray and Sam Vokes at the other end, is of great credit to the North End team and Simon Grayson.
Burnley will have their sights on a return to the Premier League and I think they will be close to doing that.
The teams who finish above them this season won’t be far off success.
Will Keane is now off the mark in terms of the league and that will have lifted a weight off his shoulders.
It has taken all of Preston’s strikers a while to get firing this season but they seem to be getting there now.
The longer a barren patch goes on for a striker, the more scrutiny he comes under.
So hopefully this is the first of a few goals for Keane in the coming weeks.
As for North End’s other scorer Daniel Johnson, that was his seventh goal of the season and sixth in the league.
A lot of strikers would be happy with that return at this stage of the season, let alone a midfielder.
Johnson has made that step-up to the Championship extremely well and each goal and good performance, makes that £50,000 fee look even more of a snip.
Just think what price he is worth now, less than a year on from his move from Aston Villa?
When you have a player like Johnson chipping in with plenty of goals from midfield, it does take the pressure off the strikers a bit.
It is even better when goals from midfield are a bonus to those being scored by the front lads.
What is interesting is that three of North End’s league victories have come away from Deepdale.
They have always had a very good away record under Grayson, with 12 away wins in the league last season and 11 the campaign before.
Throw into the mix some away wins in the cups and play-offs, and Preston look a strong away side.
It probably suits them to play away, Grayson liking to make his sides hard to beat and to be strong going forward on the counter attack.
But when sides come to Deepdale and sit in a bit more, North End can find it harder to break them down.
With two home matches coming up against Reading and Birmingham City, it is important that they find a way to put more points on the board in front of the faithful.
We are in the build-up to the Christmas period which is always an important time in the football calender.
A decent return of points over the next month would see North End really establish themselves in this division.
On Saturday they put more daylight between themselves and some of the sides below them which was important.