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Humphrey Praises Goalscorer Garner

2 November 2013

Chris Humphrey praised Joe Garner following the striker’s 90th minute equaliser against Tranmere Rovers.

Garner leapt highest to head home and pull Preston level, as the game went into extra time, after Tom Hateley’s second half strike had put the visitors in the lead at Deepdale.

 “He does it every week in training,” Humphrey said of North End’s No.14.

“You know that if you put it in the right place then it’s a goal. He’s a great player and hopefully he’ll get his chance to show the gaffer what he can do.”

He added: “I think we were lucky to get that [Garner’s goal] and I think what we’ve got to do is keep doing things like that.

“When we’re not playing our best, just try and pick up points. I think that’s the main thing, which we have done so far.

“I think we can take a positive out of that aspect of it but back to training on Monday and we’ll start again.”

Humphrey was disappointed at Preston’s general performance against Ronnie Moore’s men and insists the Lilywhites must strive to get better before their next match.

“There was late drama in the end but it’s still a bit disappointing, the lads are gutted in there,” he said.

“I think that we weren’t at our best today and we’ve got to improve for the next game.”

In the seventh minute, both sets of fans applauded Tranmere winger Joe Thompson who, this week, was diagnosed with cancer.

It was a touching moment and one which certainly made its mark on North End’s Jamaica international.

“That’s why I love football so much,” Humphrey said of the tribute. 

“When there are sad times like these fans all over the world come together and unite as one.

“That was brilliant, the Preston fans clapping and, to be fair, I didn’t expect anything different from the fans because they’ve been brilliant since I’ve been here.”

Paul Gallagher started for the first time since his return to Deepdale on-loan from Leicester. 

The 29-year-old played an hour in total and Humphrey admits the forward has slotted into the squad with ease since his arrival.

“He’s settled in very well, obviously it was the sort of game which was hard for him but you know that when he gets it he can pick a pass,” Preston’s No. 7 said.

“So, that’s always good for a winger to know that so I’m looking forward to playing with him for the rest of the season.”

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