GALLAGHER DOES THE BUSINESS
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
RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE: Preston’s Daniel Johnson scores the opener
HUG ME: Paul Gallagher is congratulated
STAR MAN PAUL GALLAG HER Preston