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Horgan Delighted To Get Off The Mark

11 February 2017

Daryl Horgan was pleased to bag his first goal in PNE colours this afternoon, but focused his thoughts on the performance of fellow Irishman Aiden McGeady.

In just his third start in a North End shirt, Horgan managed to bag his first goal in English football, grabbing the last of PNE's four goals this afternoon, in a 4-2 victory over Brentford.

However, Horgan focused on the impact of McGeady when he spoke to the club website after the victory.

"It was nice to score but I think the main headline is Aiden and his two goals this afternoon," said Horgan post-match.

"He was a constant thorn in their side with his two goals and the assist - both of his goals were something special.

"Hopefully it's the first goal of many here at Preston; It was a great ball from Pearo (Ben Pearson), and it just opened up for me and thankfully it went in."

The win was a complete contrast to the reverse fixture against the Bees earlier in the season, a game which in hindsight became the turning point of PNE's 2016/17 campaign which has seen Simon Grayson's side within touching distance of the Play-Offs.

"The game at their place wasn't on anyone's mind to be honest," continued the Irishman on whether PNE looked to avenge that defeat.

"We just wanted to play well and get the three points. Maybe at times in the first-half we struggled but I thought we were superb in the second-half.

"To score four past any team is always very good especially when you go one behind. From there we probably dominated the game, created enough chances to win and got the goals.

"I wouldn't have even said it wasn't the greatest of starts it was just a sloppy goal to concede from a set piece, but the lads showed the character to come back. It's never ideal to come back but it's something we can do. If we can erradicate them goals and concentrate on playing our own game we'll be a great shout to win any match."

There's no time to reflect on PNE's victory this afternoon with Deepdale hosting another fixture in two-days time against Birmingham City, and Horgan has his sights set on another home victory.

"It will be another tough game having watched them last night," added Daryl. "They were a little unlucky to lose that game 3-0. They've got a new manager so you never really know what might happen but it will be a different game for us; however, we'll put ourselves in with a great shot and hopefully get the three points."

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