The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

STRIKER Joe Gar­ner knows he needs to avoid ref­er­ees’ at­ten­tion hav­ing picked up five yel­lows and a red card this sea­son.

The Pre­ston North End star missed three league games through sus­pen­sion af­ter re­ceiv­ing a red card against Wolves on Septem­ber 26 and is aware of the im­pli­ca­tions of a re­peat.

“It has been a bit of a les­son for me, I need to get a few less book­ings and be care­ful to make sure I don’t get an­other red,” said the 27year-old. “I won’t be chang­ing my game too much, but I need to be aware of how ref­er­ees see things.”

Gar­ner scored 27 goals to help fire Pre­ston to pro­mo­tion from League One last sea­son, but so far he has strug­gled in front of goal.

“Go­ing into a higher divi­sion is al­ways go­ing to test you,” he added. “Is it tougher than we might have ex­pected? I hon­estly don’t know, be­cause some of us have played at this level be­fore and some haven’t.

“Hope­fully over the course of the sea­son things will level them­selves out and things will start to fall in place for us in front of goal a bit more.”

CARD HAPPY: Joe Gar­ner

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