Reach wants repeat with PNE

Adam Reach takes on Dominic Iorfa in PNE's draw with Wolves
Adam Reach takes on Dominic Iorfa in PNE's draw with Wolves
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Preston North End new boy Adam Reach will be wanting to see lightning strike twice when the Lilywhites tackle Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

The winger found the net and tasted victory when parent club Middlesbrough played at Hillsborough a month ago.

A repeat would suit Reach and PNE down to the ground when they cross the Pennines in search of only a second Championship win of the season.

Facing a team as a PNE player so soon after being in opposition to them for Boro, is something 22-year-old Reach has already experienced.

His debut for PNE against Wolves last Saturday came just four days after he played in Boro’s Capital One Cup win over Kenny Jackett’s men.

Reach told the Evening Post: “I scored at Sheffield Wednesday a few weeks ago and Middlesbrough won, so hopefully that is a good omen.

“I played against Wolves twice in a few days – Boro beat them and then we got a draw.

“The sendings-off didn’t help us but even with nine men we went close to winning.

“In the forthcoming games if we keep 11 men on the pitch, I think we will be fine.”

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Reach became Preston’s fifth loan signing of the season when he joined from Boro ahead of the Wolves match.

He trained with North End on Friday morning before the loan was registered on Saturday to make full use of the 93-day limit.

Having started three of Boro’s league games in the early weeks of the season, including their opener against PNE at Deepdale, it was seen as something of a surprise that the Teessiders were prepared to loan Reach out.

The ex-England Under-20s international sees the next three months as a chance to get more first-team matches under his belt.

Said Reach: “When you go out on loan, it is important to go to a team with a similar style to your own.

“Preston is a great club and a big club and while we are near the bottom of the table at the minute, if we play like we did last Saturday I don’t think we will be much longer.

“While it was disappointing to concede so late on, we can take a lot of positives.

“We started the game well, got in front and were very much on top of things.

“Circumstances obviously changed as the game went on and we still came out with a draw, which was creditable.

“The end of last week was all a bit manic for me.

“I came down on Thursday night and then met the 
lads for the first time on Friday.

“This week in training I’ve been getting to know them a lot more and as partnerships grow on the pitch, I’m sure my performances will get better and better.

“What happens at the end of the 93 days, I don’t know. I think it takes me through to Christmas.”