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Thursday 21 September 2017

More goals will come' - says Daryl

McGeady and Horgan shine in win

(l-r) Preston’s Irish quartet Daryl Horgan, Aiden McGeady, Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham celebrate McGeady’s goal in the win over Brentford
(l-r) Preston’s Irish quartet Daryl Horgan, Aiden McGeady, Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham celebrate McGeady’s goal in the win over Brentford

Daryl Horgan hopes that his goal for Preston will be the first of many after the club's Irish contingent helped keep alive Preston's faint hopes of promotion to the Premier League.

A promotion push may be beyond Preston's reach as they are seven points off the last play-off place but the form they showed in Saturday's 4-2 win at home to Brentford was pleasing for Preston fans, and also from an Irish viewpoint.

Aiden McGeady, who had scored just once in his previous 32 games for club and country, going back to last year, struck twice while Horgan showed his eye for goal by scoring his debut goal in English football.

Preston boss Simon Grayson later revealed that he was about to replace a tired Horgan just as the Galway native popped up on 77 minutes to make it 4-1.

Horgan was clearly pleased to see his goal in but he doled out the praise to compatriot McGeady. "It was nice to score but I think the main headline is Aiden and his two goals," said Horgan.

"He was a constant thorn in their side with his two goals and the assist - both of his goals were something special.

"Hopefully it's the first goal of many here at Preston. It was a great ball in, it just opened up for me and thankfully it went in."

Grayson says the goal is a sign of how well Horgan has adapted since his move.

"He's an industrious player and he's got good quality," said Grayson. "He's settled in very quickly which is testament to the other players. He scored plenty of goals for Dundalk last year and when he got there he took it early and didn't give the keeper the opportunity to get himself set. It was a great finish and gave us a cushion to see the game out."

For McGeady, it was a good day, his first time to score more than once at club level since 2009. "It's been a while since I've scored a couple of goals," said McGeady.

"I've been enjoying my football here - it's been a breath of fresh air for me. I've not played that much in the last few years but I've enjoyed everything about it so far."

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