Bailey Wright felt a rock-solid team performance had been the basis of Preston North End’s victory over promotion rivals MK Dons at stadium:mk.
The 2-0 victory kept PNE in the top two and opened up a four-point gap between them and Karl Robinson’s men, who dropped to fourth.
My first reaction was that Joe had scored – he ran off with his arms up and I went off to celebrate with him
Centre-half Wright was part of the defence which kept a sixth clean sheet in seven league matches, while he also played a part in the opening goal which Callum Robinson tucked away.
It was his strong challenge on Devante Cole which won the ball and saw Joe Garner play in Robinson.
Wright said: “It was a great win for us. MK Dons is always a tough place to go.
“They have done well this season and we knew we would have to be on top of our game to come away with three points.
“We dug deep and got the two goals which we needed, that ended up being enough.
“As a defender, it was great to get a clean sheet against an MK Dons side who have scored plenty of goals and produce free-flowing football.
“Shutting them out was about the whole XI, not just the defence.
“We limited them to very few chances and we knew we were capable of going up the other end to score.
“For 90 minutes we were superb and it was in the second half that we got our goals.
“With the first goal, I think it showed we do things as a team, not just in ones and twos. If you do that you can put fear into teams and that was the case with the goals.
“We put pressure on the ball, won it and hit them on the break for Callum to score.
“Getting the second goal not too long afterwards was good and I thought we were comfortable from then on.
“I would describe it as a very organised performance which produced a good win.”
Wright admitted he is not sure who scored North End’s second goal, with Joe Garner, Paul Huntington and even Robinson staking a claim.
Garner and Huntington jumped together to try and meet Paul Gallagher’s corner, with Robinson claiming the ball touched him on the way into the net.
Said Wright: “We had a chat about it in the dressing room but were not really any nearer to sorting it.
“Credit to the boys who were in that pack to try and get their head on the ball.
“My first reaction was that Joe had scored – he ran off with his arms up and I went off to celebrate with him.
“When you score a goal, the emotion of it means you want to celebrate with all the boys.
“The main thing is we got the three points, no matter who scores. I think we will have a look at the footage which our analyst guy has, to try and work out who scored.”
Australian international Wright thanked the 1,994 PNE fans who made the journey to Buckinghamshire. He said: “I had seen during the week on Twitter that a lot of people were going on trains and that Virgin laid on a football special.
“When you get the type of away support like that, they are the 12th man, so to speak.
“The atmosphere in the away end was terrific and when we scored our goals and everyone erupted, it felt like a home game.”
For the first time since January, Preston do not have a midweek game this week.
They return to action on Saturday against Crewe at Deepdale.