It was a Friday night to remember for Preston as they recorded a rare win at Reading, which took them into the top six.

Ched Evans grabbed a brace, as another strong team performance made it three wins in a week. The pundits in the Sky Sports studio afterwards were quick to praise Preston North End as another resilient performance has seen them shoot up into the play-offs. Whilst all the other teams have games in hand on The Lilywhites, it’s still a nice position to head into the weekend in.

Fans know all too well now not to get carried away, but that didn’t stop a former Preston North End player from ever so slightly getting carried away.

Former North End defender Sean St. Ledger was part of numerous promotion pushes in his time with the club. He made 199 appearances for Preston between 2006 and 2011 and also got 37 caps for Republic of Ireland, even scoring at Euro 2012. He is now a scout for Leicester City and is a coach in the Republic of Ireland youth setup.

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I’m sure he remains fond of the club and would love to see us make that leap soon. He was a pundit in the studio for the game alongside Hal Robson-Kanu. After the game he said asked Ryan Lowe, that now we’re in good form and heading up the table, is automatic promotion the aim?

Lowe was quick to play down that suggestion and laughed it off, saying ‘What have you been drinking mate?! We don’t want to get too carried away. We just want to keep winning as many games as we possibly can, collecting as many points as we can and see where that goes.’

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Lowe has shown a more humble side in recent weeks. He has understood he may have gone over the top in the summer, and sent fans down a false road. He has realised he has got to be more realistic with this squad and the budget he has to work with. The fist pumps have stopped, and he is giving the credit to the hard-working players after the wins.

Former Reading player Hal Robson-Kanu also wanted to ask Lowe a question, and he was keen to know what the manager would put the impressive defensive record down to. He asked ‘The players are throwing themselves on the line, what do you do in training to get these strong defensive performances?’

Lowe answered withThe training has a feel good factor to it, but with serious parts too. They are disciplined, credit goes to the group. They change things around themselves in play and they have been a credit to work with.

Preston are now quietly going about their business, and another win next week against Millwall will leave fans a lot happier than they were just a few weeks ago. Whilst there is still plenty of issues to be dealt with and answered, the players and staff deserve credit for these last three games.

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Josh McLoughlin
Josh McLoughlin

Combining my two passions of North End and writing. First game - 0-0 v Bristol Rovers 1996 Favourite player - Mark Rankine Favourite goal - Scott Laird v Manchester United

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