Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe has praised Tom Cannon after the Everton loanee scored his first goal for the club on Saturday.

Cannon completed the turnaround for PNE after going 1-0 down to Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Greg Cunningham’s own goal put North End behind but Daniel Johnson equalised from a rather soft penalty.

Cannon fired PNE ahead, racing clear of the Wigan defence before firing in off the post to make it 2-1.

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You could see the delight and almost relief on Cannon’s face as he celebrated in front of the Town End.

Cannon was making his seventh Championship start for PNE but was still waiting for his first goal before finally finding the net.

The 20-year-old deserved that goal; he has been impressive in recent weeks and showed the turn of pace PNE have needed of late.

Hull City boss Liam Rosenior hailed Cannon last week after watching the striker cause problems for his Tigers side.

Now it’s North End boss Lowe offering praise for Cannon, who is in his first loan spell away from Everton.

Lowe told Lancs Live that he felt Cannon’s goal against Wigan was a ‘fantastic strike’ and proof of hard work paying off.

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Lowe noted that he and the PNE coaching staff have been working with Cannon to work on taking an extra touch in front of goal.

The North End boss praised Cannon for a ‘fantastic’ and ‘very delicate’ touch to steady himself before the strike.

Lowe added that Cannon was probably going through his longest ever run without a goal having been so prolific in the Everton ranks.

With that first PNE goal under his belt, the hope is that Cannon can now enjoy a fruitful end to the Championship season.

“Fantastic strike and we’ve been working with him on taking that extra touch,” said Lowe. “The extra touch he takes before he shoots is fantastic – very delicate. He has looked up, he knows where he’s going and we’ve worked with him on all that. Really pleased for him because he said in the week that it’d been the longest, since the age of eight, he hasn’t scored. Hopefully, now that can kick him on. I have always had belief and that’s why I’ve kept picking him. Fantastic finish, yeah,” he added.

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