Iain Hume admits it was nice to have a hand in Preston’s winner against Shrewsbury Town after a frustrating few weeks personally.
The Canada international has made infrequent appearances for North End so far this season for reasons ranging from injury to the good form of his teammates.
The striker did, however, provide the killer cross which prompted Shrews defender Ryan Woods to turn the ball into his own net and hand the Lilywhites their seventh win from their last eight away fixtures.
“I was just happy to play but it’s nice to be involved with the goal as well,” Hume exclusively told PNE.Com following the game.
“Myself and Bev are sitting on the bench, chomping at the bit to get on and I was just happy to be included today.”
Three second half substitutions by Simon Grayson saw Paul Gallagher and Lee Holmes introduced to the action, while Hume replaced Kevin Davies up front with around 15 minutes still to play.
A change of formation also saw the Lilywhites revert from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 and Hume believes, despite a pleasing first half performance, they benefitted from the new approach.
“We did really well in the first half don’t get me wrong, but it’s good to have fresh legs sitting on the bench,” he said.
“You look at someone like Lairdy who has played about 25 games already this season, we’ve got a great squad.”
Wolves and Leyton Orient drew 1-1 at Molineux meaning the gap between Preston and the top three in Sky Bet League One was cut to just four points.
But Hume was quick to point out the margin between North End and seventh place in the table is comfortable.
“The gap is now eight points for us in the Play-Off places and we’re not far off the teams ahead of us,” the striker said.
“Brentford have got another win today and they’re looking good at the moment but there’s still a long way to go yet.”
Preston kept their 13th clean sheet of the season on their way to victory over Graham Turner’s men, which was no surprise to Hume.
He said: “We as strikers know that we have a chance of winning any game with the quality of our defence.
“We’re confident that if we get a goal, there’s a good chance we will end up winning the game.”
A vocal following of almost 1,600 travelling fans ensured Preston once again sold out their allocation away from home.
And Hume was full of praise for the supporters, saying: “I tweeted about the fans yesterday, it’s incredible to see us sell out another away game and they were fantastic today, as they always are.”