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Preston post-match notebook: Anthony Gordon reminds us of Aiden McGeady

North End comfortably romped to a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday as they secured their first win of 2021 at Deepdale.

The visitors had a few chances in the first half but with Daniel Iversen in between the sticks you’re always confident he will come out on top. It was another clean sheet for the Whites for an unchanged yet still unfamiliar defence.

Sepp van den Berg has grown into the right-back role very quickly and we may well see him finish the season in that position. Saturday saw him get forward a lot more than on Wednesday as he linked up well with Scott Sinclair. He looked comfortable on the ball and was solid at the back.

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Huddersfield were never going to pose the toughest of attacking threats and the North End back line were rarely troubled after taking the lead. It’s definitely not the best back four at Alex Neil’s disposal, but back to back clean sheets have to be applauded.

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Brad Potts was arguably the man of the match with a goal, an assist and another effort which crashed into the bar. He’s a different option in the number 10 role compared to the rest of the squad.

There are so many midfielders who can play centrally. As well as the three who started on Saturday, Daniel Johnson and Jayson Molumby came on whilst Tom Bayliss stayed on the bench. Whilst there is also Paul Gallagher and Ryan Ledson to consider. With those options, you would expect it to be a position that is continually rotated. Potts took his goal well and it was a fine ball into Ched Evans for his goal too.

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Tom Barkhuizen played the role of super sub and with him, Scott Sinclair and Anthony Gordon as wide options, it’s a very strong area of the squad. They all provide pace and trickery. Barky’s assist for Sinclair with the outside of his boot was beautiful and it was a classic counter-attack.

Gordon had another great game. He continues to take all the set pieces and is desperate to get on the scoresheet. He looks a class act and he reminds me of Aiden McGeady when he enjoyed a loan spell at Deepdale from Everton; he wants to be on the ball all the time and dictate Preston’s attack.

Gordon will go on to bigger and better things that’s for sure. Another loan spell next season may be out of the question but it would be an incredible signing if Alex Neil can convince Carlo Ancelotti into a deal.

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