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The Fans Were Brilliant

16 February 2013

Stuart Beavon was thrilled to see Preston North End return to winning ways, as he scored another spectacular long-range goal at Deepdale.

The No.29 opened the scoring for the Lilywhites and set them on the path to victory against Eddie Howe’s table-topping Cherries.

Strikes from the former Wycombe frontman and Bailey Wright saw North End secure a vital 2-0 victory over the npower League One leaders as caretaker manager John Dreyer took charge of the side for the first time.

Beavon, who also found the back of the net from distance in Preston’s last home against Shrewsbury, was delighted to once again get on the scoresheet, but revealed to PNE.Com after the  game how he might not have had the opportunity had Jack King had his way!

“Getting the win today was nice and obviously to get the goal was even better,” admitted Beavon.

“I ran through and had taken a bad touch, but had already made in my mind that I was going to have another then I was going to hit it. 

“But then I saw Kingy lining up. He could have taken me out to be fair, but luckily he didn’t, and I managed to get the shot away and we got the goal.”

The 28-year-old praised North End’s loyal support after the game, revealing he had not heard Deepdale that loud since his first few weeks at the Club.

“The fans today were brilliant,” said Beavon. “Obviously they spurred us on. They were great and we couldn’t have won today without them. 

“We all thank them for their efforts and noise today and their contribution to the result.”

Beavon acknowledged how massive the result was for the Club, before revealing his delight for North End’s caretaker boss.

“It’s a massive result for us, especially against the league leaders, I haven’t heard Deepdale rocking like that in months, since the Swindon or Hartlepool games just after I joined,” Beavon confessed. 

“We all know we haven’t been good enough this season, our home form in particular, but we also knew we had it in us and we’ve shown that today. We’ve put in a good performance and got the three points. We’re delighted.

“It’s obviously been a big week at the Club with lots of change, but we went in today just like it was another day and did our best to get the result.

“All the boys are really pleased for John. We’ve all got a lot of respect for him and he’s come in and done well.”

Beavon also praised the captain, and imminent father-to-be, John Welsh, after the former Liverpool’s man of the match performance, but admitted the squad are yet to think of a celebration to mark the latest addition to the Welsh family.

“Welshy’s missus is about to drop so all the boys are buzzing for him,” Beavon revealed. “He’s come in and played really well today before shooting off and I think he thoroughly deserved the man of the match award.

“We don’t have any goal celebrations planned just yet, but we’ll come into training on Monday and see what happens then.”

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