Saddle up says PNE No.2

Preston midfielder John Welsh slides for the ball against Scunthorpe
Preston midfielder John Welsh slides for the ball against Scunthorpe
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Preston North End assistant boss Glynn Snodin is hoping the Lilywhites can keep up the pressure on the top three by beating Walsall on Tuesday.

Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Scunthorpe at Deepdale was their third win on the trot, goals from Daniel Johnson and Paul Gallagher sealing the three points.

It is another quick turnaround for the Saddlers’ visit and a chance to make up more ground on the sides above them.

Tuesday night’s contest is the first of two games in hand they have over second-placed MK Dons.

They also have a game in hand over Bristol City and Swindon, although both have midweek games – City go to Doncaster and Swindon are at home to Bradford.

Snodin told the Evening Post: “When we play Walsall we cannot keep thinking back to what happened against them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last month.

“This is another game, it is about us trying to get three points closer to the top of the division.

“We are playing a lot of games at the moment but the players would rather be doing that instead of training all week and waiting for Saturday to come along.

“When you have a full squad and are going well, the games cannot come quick enough.”

The win over Scunthorpe was a slow burner from PNE’s point of view.

Early on they were flat and on the back foot against an Iron side who were by far the more lively.

They were better as the first half went on and a switch in formation during half-time worked well.

Johnson’s 58th-minute goal broke the deadlock and 13 minutes later, Gallagher turned home a cross from Chris Humphrey.

Said Snodin: “We changed to a flat back four at half-time and tried to get more bodies forward into attacking areas.

“The lads are comfortable with different systems because of the hard work they do in training.

“Getting people further up the pitch was important when you look at Scunthorpe’s stats.

“They have not kept too many clean sheets so what we wanted to do was get more crosses into the box and pose more of a threat.

“I thought we did that as the game went on and the lads responded to what we had asked them to do at half-time.

“Scunthorpe had done a job on us in the first half, made it difficult.

“But in the second half we were much better and got our rewards.

“It was great for Daniel to score his first goal for us.

“He is a good footballer with a football brain and he scores you goals from midfield, which is something we have been looking for.

“Gally has scored again and he’s been magnificent for us all season.

“When you have got people like Daniel and Gally getting into the box from deeper areas, it can only help you.

“Callum Robinson was very lively I thought. He has missed this place and we have missed him.

“The lad just loves getting on the ball and can make things happen.

“We put him up front to start with in place of Kevin Davies.

“Big Kev has been superb for us and wants to play every game.

“ We will pick the right matches where Kevin can be effective for us.”