GAL­LAGHER DOES THE BUSI­NESS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Scott Hunt

SCUN­THORPE manager Mark Robins de­scribed their de­feat to Pre­ston as a ‘hor­ri­ble game’ af­ter they were com­pre­hen­sively beaten at Deep­dale fol­low­ing a be­low-par show­ing.

Paul Gal­lagher’s sixth league goal of the sea­son sealed the win af­ter Daniel John­son had put Pre­ston in front af­ter half time.

Pre­ston, who were knocked out the FA Cup by Manch­ester United on Mon­day in front of the tele­vi­sion cam­eras, have now won three league games in a row – keep­ing three suc­ces­sive clean sheets.

This was only the fourth league game Robins has lost since tak­ing over in Oc­to­ber, and he had no com­plaints over the re­sult.

“I thought it was a re­ally, re­ally hor­ri­ble game to watch,” Robins said.

“From my point for view we didn’t play in the way we’ve been used to play­ing, we’ve done re­ally well of late and man­aged games well and to­day was dif­fer­ent.

“The amount of games we’ve played there is al­ways go­ing to be a time where it catches up with you. To­day was the day that hap­pened – I thought we looked a lit­tle leggy.

“In a 46 game sea­son you know that you’re go­ing to come up against an op­po­nent that is prob­a­bly slightly bet­ter than you on the day.

“I think on pa­per he’s got the strong­est squad in the di­vi­sion. They’re al­ways up and around it and they should be.

“I just felt that they were a bit more pro­fes­sion­ally wily than we were and we’ve got to learn that.”

Scun­thorpe al­most went in front af­ter ten min­utes as Sam Johnstone rushed from his goal but his kick fell straight to Liam O’Neil who put his lofted ef­fort inches wide of the open goal from 30 yards.

Pre­ston took the lead in the 58th minute when Cal­lum Robin­son pulled it back from the left and John­son swept home from six yards for his first Pre­ston goal.

Simon Grayson’s side dou­bled their lead af­ter 72 min­utes when Robin­son’s shot was saved by Luke Daniels but fell to Chris Humphrey – who squared for Gal­lagher to fin­ish from six yards.

Pre­ston as­sis­tant manager Glynn Sn­odin was de­lighted with his sides sec­ond half per­for­mance.

“It has been a great day and with the re­sults as well it’s an even bet­ter day,” Sn­odin said.

“First half we were a bit pon­der­ous and a bit slow in our build up play and we had to up it. That’s what we did and we changed it around – went to a back four, got more bod­ies for­ward and it worked for us to­day.

“Paul Gal­lagher has been mag­nif­i­cent all sea­son and that’s what the squad is, they all fill in for each other they fight for one an­other and hope­fully it may con­tinue un­til May. “That’s what gets you pro­mo­tion, work­ing as a team, when it’s tight you want a bit of in­di­vid­ual magic but over­all through a sea­son you need that team ethic.”

PRE­STON: Johnstone 7, Clarke 6, Hunt­ing­ton 6, Wright 5, Humphrey 7, Welsh 5 (Kilkenny 77 6), John­son 6, Gal­lagher 8 (Ebanks-Blake 86 6), Laird 5, Gar­ner 7 (Davies 86 6), Robin­son 5. Subs not used: Stuck­mann, Buchanan, Wiseman, Reid

SCUN­THORPE: Daniels 6, Clarke 6, Cana­van 6, Boyce 5, Wil­liams 6, Evans 6 (Os­bourne 62 6), Bishop 7 (Woot­ton 83 6), Mad­den 7, O’Neil 5, Hop­per 5, Van Veen 6 (McSh­ef­frey 45 6). Subs not used: Anyon, Nolan, Ade­lakun, Llera

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE: Pre­ston’s Daniel John­son scores the opener

HUG ME: Paul Gal­lagher is con­grat­u­lated

STAR MAN PAUL GAL­LAG HER Pre­ston

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