Preston North End were downed by Millwall striker Tom Bradshaw on Saturday – a player targeted by the Lilywhites many years ago.

PNE headed down to London on Saturday afternoon for a crucial game in the playoff race.

North End had catapulted themselves into top six contention with three wins in a row, placing them level on points with Millwall in fifth place.

The Lions did a number on PNE though, claiming a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Tom Bradshaw and Zian Flemming.

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This was actually Bradshaw’s first goal against PNE since a move to Deepdale was targeted.

North End fans may remember that Bradshaw was a prominent threat for Walsall in our League One days.

Bradshaw scored Walsall’s second goal against PNE in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy Northern Area Final, firing the Saddlers to Wembley.

That was Bradshaw’s second goal of the season against North End having also found the net in a 3-1 Walsall in earlier in the campaign.

Bradshaw had really impressed against PNE and North End showed a real interest after winning promotion back to the Championship.

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The Lancashire Evening Post reported that North End made a move to sign Bradshaw in the summer of 2016, but were quoted £750,000.

PNE weren’t keen to pay that price despite chasing Bradshaw for much of 2016 and he ended up at Barnsley instead.

Bradshaw has been a Championship regular ever since and has been in blistering form this season.

The 30-year-old has racked up 14 Championship goals, the latest of which opened the scoring against PNE as a glancing header beat Freddie Woodman.

Bradshaw’s eight-year goal drought against former suitors PNE is over and it could be a vital strike in the battle for playoff places.