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Ryan Lowe shares thoughts on getting match winner Cameron Archer back at Preston next season

If you were to predict one man likely to step up and be the hero for Preston North End on Tuesday night many would have gone with Cameron Archer.

The Aston Villa loanee has shown his class since arriving at the club in January and the goal which won the Lancashire derby against Blackpool was pure excellence. 

A quick breakaway from North End saw Emil Riis release Archer to his left. His first touch took him away from goal and he had it all to do.

Archer’s second touch however was a thunderbolt of a strike across the ground giving former Preston ‘keeper Chris Maxwell no chance. Archer wheeled away to celebrate in front of the Blackpool fans, shushing then before pulling out his ‘bow and arrow’ celebration. 

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The goal was enough to win the game and regardless of what Archer goes on to achieve in his career I’m sure this moment will be remembered by him as it certainly will be by the Preston fans. 

After the game, Preston manager Ryan Lowe joined the Sky Sports pundits in the studio to discuss the game.

Alongside Declan Rudd, Clinton Morrison and David Prutton, Lowe spoke about Archer’s future.

As yet it is unknown whether Steven Gerrard will want Archer back at Villa or if he will have offers elsewhere but Lowe made his thoughts clear. 

“We’ll try and get him back next season if Villa sign a few big hitters because I think if he has another year with us in development he’ll be fantastic,” said Lowe.

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Lowe would love him back in that side and a full season in the Championship would probably do wonders for him too. 

Villa currently have Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings as their main strikers and may bring in others over the summer. If they do it will play into Preston’s hands.

Gerrard will have been happy with the way Archer has progressed at Preston and nights like Tuesday in front of a packed Deepdale singing his name will only make Archer even more pleased about his time here. 

Archer’s name will be linked with this win for a long time to come, and another year at the club will give him even more opportunities to cement himself as a bit of a cult hero.

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