Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe has praised Everton loanee Tom Cannon after scoring against Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

PNE made it two home wins in the last three by beating Cardiff 2-0.

This one wasn’t a classic, especially in the first half, but North End ramped it up after the break and secured all three points.

Cannon opened the scoring, latching on to Greg Cunningham’s pass before steadying himself and rifling past Jak Alnwick.

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Ched Evans added number two late on after the veteran striker came on as a second-half substitute.

Cannon is now starting to hit his stride with North End having also scored against Wigan Athletic in PNE’s last home win.

The 20-year-old is experiencing his first real taste of men’s football right now and he seems to be developing very nicely.

Cannon will though admit himself that he should have scored even before his opener having squandered a golden chance with an effort straight at Alnwick.

PNE will take the highs and lows with Cannon as he develops his game and boss Lowe was happy with his performance.

Lowe told iFollow that he was delighted to see Cannon pick himself up and find the net having failed to score that earlier chance.

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Lowe added that he always believes Cannon will find the net as he is a ‘natural finisher’ and is really starting to compose himself in front of goal.

“For him to miss that chance early on and then to go again is important for me as the manager, just making sure that he keeps doing that,” said Lowe. “I’ve got ultimate belief that he’ll score most games he’ll play in because he’ll definitely create opportunities and he’s a natural finisher.”

“For him to keep a cool head in that situation and take an extra touch when needed was really pleasing, and when it bundled in the back of the net, I was over the moon,” he added.

Cannon is only on loan from Everton, who will be keeping close tabs on his development at PNE.

North End would surely love to have Cannon back next season but that decision will rest with Sean Dyche.

Everton are battling to stay in the Premier League and have major striking problems of their own, so PNE will face a wait this summer to find out if Cannon can return for next season.

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