QPR 0, PNE 2: Dave Seddon's match verdict

In the fashion industry, such a phrase is used to describe something as being out of date.But going back to what they did well in 2015/16 was just what North End needed to kick-start their campaign.Being solid and tough to play against brought them eight Championship away wins last term, following on from 12 the year before in League One and 11 in 2013/14.At times, the Lilywhites look better set up to play on their travels than at home.Following the first three league games of the season, Simon Grayson had got it in the neck from some of the faithful for his team selection.In West London, the 835 travelling fans sang Grayson's name at the final whistle for a spot-on selection.He went 3-5-2, the side having a fresher look thanks to four changes.The key one was John Welsh's restoration to the midfield for a first game of the season.Stationed deep, shielding the back three, he epitomised everything which was good about PNE's afternoon.Welsh hassled, harried, knocked QPR's attacking threat off kilter and made you wonder where he had been until now.He got a yellow card, his response a smile and a one-liner when asked about it.'That's standard isn't it?,' said Welsh as he reflected on his day's work in the capital.Let me make it clear though, this was not just the John Welsh show.It was hard to find fault with any performances of the 14 players used over the course of the game.Tommy Spurr had a very good Preston debut down the left wide, having a big hand in the opening goal.Skipper Tom Clarke led the back line well, limiting the hosts '“ scorers of seven goals in their previous three league games '“ to few sights on goal.Callum Robinson got a central role up front instead of his accustomed use on the left hand side.He linked well with Jermaine Beckford and it would have been nice to see the pair both credited with goals on the scoresheet.While there was no doubt Beckford netted the first, intentionally or not, it is stretching things to say Robinson got the second.It was him challenging with Nedum

Sunday, 21st August 2016, 2:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:10 pm