VOTE: Who should be PNE's penalty taker?

Who is going to step forward as Preston's penalty taker in light of Jordan Hugill missing from the spot at Wigan?

By The Newsroom
Monday, 20th February 2017, 11:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 12:23 pm
Preston North End's Daniel Johnson scores from the spot against Blackburn.
Preston North End's Daniel Johnson scores from the spot against Blackburn.

That was the hot topic among PNE supporters after the DW Stadium clash and will be an issue for Simon Grayson to address going forward.

The hue and cry over Hugill taking Saturday’s spot kick was somewhat surprising.

Hugill had taken two for North End before, scoring at Crewe in the League Cup in August 2015 and then having one saved in the shoot-out in the same competition against Bournemouth a month later.

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Missed penalties are not exactly rare from a Preston perspective.

Joe Garner saw one saved against MK Dons last season and to make matters worse, it was striker Alex Revell who was wearing the gloves after the keeper had been sent-off.

Twelve months earlier in the promotion campaign, Paul Gallagher saw his spot-kick saved in the 3-0 victory over Bradford but followed-up to score the rebound.

And who can forget the one Gallagher put into orbit against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in 2014?

When you looked at North End’s side when they were awarded the penalty at Wigan, 10-goal Hugill was among the likely candidates to take it, so too Callum Robinson and Aiden McGeady.

Robinson completed his hat-trick against Havant and Waterlooville in the FA Cup in November 2014 with a penalty.

McGeady took them for Celtic and Spartak Moscow, although the last of those was more than six years ago.

Daniel Johnson, who had scored the only other penalty given their way this season against Blackburn at Deepdale in December, was on the bench.

Gallagher, another who would be in line to take one, is currently sidelined with a thigh strain.

For the best part of three seasons, North End looked to Gallagher and Garner when it came to spot-kick duty.

Garner tucked away eight penalties in his time in a PNE shirt, the last of those in the 2-1 victory over Blackburn at Ewood Park last April.

Gallagher has scored with three penalties.

In terms of PNE spot-kicks, Graham Alexander is king of the penalties – he scored 52 in his two spells at Deepdale.

Sir Tom Finney netted 39 times from the spot, with George Harrison scoring 28 of the 35 he took in the 1920s and early 1930s.