DEADLY DAVIES DELIGHTS DEEPDALE
ASSISTANT boss Glynn Snodin couldn’t get enough of ‘great signing’ Craig Davies after he inspired Preston to victory over Notts County at Deepdale.
Davies was a late addition to boss Simon Grayson’s squad on transfer deadline day, but the Bolton loanee proved a class act with a terrific debut.
A brilliant strike in the 65th minute opened his account and he then won a penalty six minutes later which was converted by Joe Garner.
And Snodin insisted Preston couldn’t be happier to have the striker among their ranks as they chase promotion to the Championship.
“Craig Davies did very well,” he said.“He’s powerful, he’s strong and he’s got a good eye for goal.
“He’s got a great strike on him. It’s a great signing and he’s a real Championship-class striker.
“That’s why we can’t believe Bolton have let him out. We have a lot of options up front now and that’s great because they are the ones who win you games.
“Overall we are happy with the win because it was no more than we deserved for our second-half performance.
“But we have standards at this football club and in the first half we fell below them. It’s frustrating really because it’s a game of 90 minutes and we want to make this place a fortress.”
Notts County slipped back into the bottom four after this defeat in what was their third loss on the spin after three successive wins in the league.
They were indebted to veteran goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington, who made a series of stunning saves throughout the match with the pick of the bunch a flying one-handed stop from Davies in the first half.
But Notts County boss Shaun Derry remains confident that he can guide the Magpies back out of trouble, starting with a tough game against Coventry, a team unlikely to battle promotion nor relegation this season, at Meadow Lane next week.
“It was a game of two halves, but 2-0 was a fair result,” he said.
“We didn’t trouble their goal anyway near enough. That was disappointing.
“If Kwesi Appiah’s late effort goes in then it may have been different.
“But I’m grasping here. There was not a lot of attacking nous in the way I want us to put teams under pressure.
“I was delighted with certain people out there and not so delighted with others out there.
“We are back in the bottom four and it only takes one day and you can be back in the sticky stuff.
“It hurts me and it hurts the guys. But we have still go plenty of games left to get ourselves out of the position we are in.
“I’m more than confident that we can get out of that bottom four again starting with Coventry next week.”
STAR MAN CRAIG DAVIES
Preston SPOT ON: Joe Garner celebrates his penalty. Inset: Craig Davies scores the first