PNE.Com speaks to striker Stuart Beavon following a debut to remember...
A crowd of 10,372 attended the game to watch an outstanding North End side round off a weekend of celebration for the city of Preston following yesterday’s Guild festivities, and Beavon paid tribute to those who inspired him on the pitch.
“We knew that they were going to come at us but we knew we had to go out and keep playing the way we had in the first half. Maybe we didn’t for that five minutes but once they scored it kind of gave us a kick to push back on again, which we did, and obviously we got the fourth, a great finish from John Welsh.”
Swindon managed to pull a goal back shortly after the interval in a busy spell for the visitors, but Beavon felt it encouraged his side to continue pressing and reclaim their three-goal lead.
“The ball’s come in at the far post and I just peeled off the goalie, Bails [Bailey Wright] has headed the ball back and I managed to get a touch,” he said. “One of the things I like to do is play it about and pick up the little bits. It was a great header down by Bailey and I just managed to poke it in.”
Beavon, talking through his goal, also hinted at more of the same for Preston fans to enjoy.
“It was great for Nicky [to get the second] and we knew we had to keep doing what we were doing,” Beavon added, “keep putting the pressure on and more goals will come.”
Akpo Sodje broke the deadlock for Preston after only five minutes, and it was Beavon’s hard work in closing down Wes Foderingham’s kick that provided his new strike partner with the opportunity: “I’ve always had that, it’s part of my game. I’ll always chase down and I won’t give up, and it was a great finish by Sodje.
You’re not just relying on your forwards or supporting midfielders, you’ve got goals coming from everywhere. I can’t wait for the next game now to build on the goal tally!”
“It’s the first game so I’m learning the lads’ game as well as they’re learning mine, but we created so many chances and I know after a few games of settling in we’ll be banging a few more in,” he said. “There are goals all over the park in this team – it’s massive.
While Beavon is undoubtedly keen to continue his goalscoring exploits, he is satisfied that a confident North End side can provide goals from all areas of the field.
“It was nice to get off the mark straight away and it was a great team performance to start moving up the table,” the striker said after the game. “The potential is here to get us back to the Championship and further, and I’m delighted that I made the decision to come here. The lads have been magnificent and they’ve helped me settle in straight away; it’s like I’ve been here for ages.”
New signing Stuart Beavon grabbed his first Lilywhites goal in a debut to remember for the new number 29 after his dramatic deadline day signing, helping North End celebrate the Guild in style with an emphatic 4-1 win.