This week started with a bang for Preston North End fans.The first competitive game of the season against Huddersfield was one which a number of fans weren’t expecting a result from.
Many of the fans just wanted to go along and see what the Graham Westley had managed to do with very much his own team over the summer. Huddersfield, who won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs at the end of last season, were many people’s favourites heading into the game.
Simon Grayson’s men failed to really get going throughout the 90 minutes and the Lilywhites made the most of this. They started brightly and they ran out worthy 2-0 winners over the new Championship outfit. You can read a full match review here on www.pne-fc.co.uk.
After the game, a number of people still questioned the need for a striker for North End. Not just any old striker, a goal scorer, a David Nugent, a Richard Cresswell or even a David Healy, and Healy it is who has been linked with a return to the club.
The record signing from Manchester United, Healy left the club in a rather unceremonious fashion when he signed for Leeds United in 2004 and I think the big question for Graham Westley is how the fans would react to the club re-signing him.
As the count down to the big kick off against Colchester United got less and less the amount of players that Graham Westley has signed this summer got more and more. Trialists Steve Simonsen and Akpo Sodje were both signed by Graham Westley after impressing him whilst on trial with the club.
The Friday before the game there were whispers that Healy may be signed in time for him to feature against Colchester on the opening day of the season but that wasn’t to be.
Saturday came round and soon enough it was kick off time. I think the only thing missing from the first game of the season for both sides, not just North End was goals. A very entertaining 0-0 draw was on show for the North End faithful.
There were a number of chances for the Lilywhites to take the lead but a great performance from Mark Cousins, Colchester’s goalkeeper, kept North End for nearly 90 minutes.
Graham Westley’s side did have the ball in the net before the end of the 90 minutes when the new number 7, David Amoo finished from Chris Beardsley’s lay-off but the goal was chalked off for an offside ruling, you can read more about the game and many more things Preston North End related here.
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