Preston got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-1 home victory over Charlton Athletic.
North End fell behind early – as is becoming a concerning tendency – with ex-Preston loanee Andre Green scoring the opener from close range.
Josh Harrop fired Preston level with a stunning left-footed strike, and Patrick Bauer’s header against his former club sealing all three points at Deepdale.
Preston sit just two points outside the playoffs, and Alex Neil will now be hoping that new signing Scott Sinclair can help fire North End into the top six in the coming weeks and months.
After a brief cameo at Blackburn Rovers last weekend, Sinclair was handed his first start for Preston on Saturday. Primarily used down the left but also utilised centrally at times, Sinclair turned in a promising display, even though he couldn’t find the net.
Sinclair is still getting himself up to speed after spending the first half of the season in the shadows at Celtic, and there was more than enough to get excited about as the winger showed flashes of his class.
After the game, Neil suggested that Sinclair turned in a ‘polished performance’, praising his professionalism having managed to play 90 minutes despite his lack of recent playing time, whilst also hailing his athleticism – and there should be plenty more to come from the winger in the near future.
AN on Sinclair: “I thought it was a polished performance from him. He played the 90 minutes today and he’s only played one game or so in three months before today, that’s testament to his professionalism and he’s a real athlete.” #pnefc
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) January 18, 2020