The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Leigh Cur­tis To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

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.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd


Pre­ston SPOT ON: Joe Gar­ner cel­e­brates his penalty. Inset: Craig Davies scores the first

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