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Paul Gallagher Hails Strength In Depth

3 January 2015

Paul Gallagher will take all of the headlines after his brace earned PNE the 2-0 victory over Norwich, but the on-loan man was quick to praise his team-mates for their contribution in the win.

A league and 20 places separated the pair going into the game, but the home side more than matched the Canaries throughout despite North End five changes from the 1-1 draw against Crewe last weekend - with goals from Paul Gallagher in the 70th and 85th minute meant Simon Grayson’s side would be in the draw for the Fourth Round come Monday night.

The win is North End’s third scalp over Championship opposition in two seasons, yet the Scotsman admitted him and his team-mates were under no illusions how difficult it was going to be against a side who’d only just been relegated from the Premier League last season.

We knew it was going to be tough,” said Gallagher to the media this evening.

“Norwich are a good team with Premier League players in them, but we want to test ourselves against the best teams to show that we’re capable of that.

“We made plenty of changes but that just shows the strength in depth with this squad - we knew if we play them the right way, with the energy we’d match them and we knew we had the quality to get the goals - It’s a good clean sheet, and the unbeaten run continues.

“There’s no favourites in this squad - whoever is playing better is getting picked, it’s as simple as that. You look at Dave Buchanan who came in and got man of the match - Bailey Wright’s not played for a long time but he came in and was fantastic, and it was only Calum Wood’s second start from a long lay-off so there was competition all over the pitch.

“The Gaffer made a lot of changes, but whoever he plays all of the lads are right behind him and you could see that today - there’s no better feeling in football then winning games and no matter what the competition is we want to win them every game and send the fans happy.”

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