The Lilywhites made it two wins from two in pre-season and Louis Moult was one of a number of positive performances after a 2-0 win over Cork City.
Moult was not on the scoresheet, as he had been in the opening win over Bamber Bridge, but he led the line for the second half XI and impressed manager Alex Neil.
Speaking to iFollow PNE he was pleased with the way he had begun his time back this summer, especially after a busy off season.
“I’ve come back feeling very fit, very healthy,” said the No.9. “I have had time to address my performances from last season and have a think of what I can improve on and that’s what I am going to try and do.
“I had a fantastic summer, I got married and it is massive for a footballer to be settled off the field. I am very happy off the pitch and that makes me happy on the pitch.”
Cork City goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan put in a brilliant performance to deny the former Motherwell man, amongst others, and impressed the striker.
“It was an unbelievable performance from him – fair play to him,” he continued. “From our point of view, we created some absolutely fantastic opportunities; the link-up play was superb and the final touches will come in a couple of weeks.
“The approach play was brilliant and it is just getting used to putting that ball in the back of the net, which we will do in training and I am sure it will come into play in the games as well.
“At this stage of pre-season, you are working on everything. First week of two it is your fitness and then the technical stuff starts to come through and the final touches are added in the last week or two. From what I have seen so far, I think we are working well.”
But having not scored, the Stoke City Academy graduate still says there is work to be done: “As I have got older, I tend to think about football too much, if anything.
“There are countless times I have laid awake until the early hours of the morning, thinking what I could have done better and I am sure I am going to do that again tonight!
“I think I should have scored today and I will be thinking about that, that’s for sure, but I think it is important you put it right the next time you are on the pitch and I will be looking to do that,” he added.