North End endured a difficult Saturday afternoon, losing 1-0 at home to Sheffield United. That defeat may just kill off lingering play-off hopes, but one former Preston played enjoyed a fine weekend.
Before North End faced Sheffield United, Tynecastle played host to a huge Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibernian. Those paying attention to the game will have spotted Daryl Horgan in action – and he played a key role in the game.
Peter Haring put Hearts in front, but that was before Horgan made himself a hero. The Irishman equalised with a smart finish, before smashing home a left-footed strike to win the game.
Horgan made himself a hero in the 2-1 win, and his derby day stormer can be seen below.
Horgan, 26, has been excelling with Hibs since his move last summer. Saturday’s brace means he has now racked up seven goals and nine assists this season, a superb return for the Irishman.
The former Dundalk man’s time at Deepdale will always feel like a missed opportunity. He clearly had great work rate, and moments of quality on the ball, but it just never really clicked under Alex Neil.
Given our issues out wide this season, many will wonder whether we made the right choice. Neil essentially flogged Horgan to get Brandon Barker in on loan, and that swap hasn’t really paid dividends.
Horgan is excelling in Scotland, becoming a Hibs hero on Saturday. Maybe Neil gave up too early on Horgan, who will be bidding to prove North End wrong for letting him go.