It was actually a third successive home win if you look back to the 2-1 success against Bournemouth for more than a month.
Here are some ‘off-camera’ events from Saturday’s clash with QPR that are worth watching.
No sooner had Emil Riis scored his 18th goal of the season than he limped into the locker room.
He felt pain in his right hamstring as he descended to the ground to start celebrating the 43rd minute opener and after being treated on the pitch by physio Matt Jackson headed for the changing room.
A killjoy on stats duty kicked Riis as he was down attributing his goal as an own goal to former QPR Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne.
Needless to say, North End gave it to the Danish striker and he could go past the questionable goal board.
It was a big moment for Mikey O’Neill in the 90th minute when he replaced Cameron Archer, becoming PNE’s third substitute of the game.
The 17-year-old was the ninth player to make his North End first-team debut this season, following Ali McCann, Cameron Archer, Joe Rodwell-Grant, Jamie Thomas, Connor Wickham, Matthew Olosunde, Josh Murphy and Bambo. Diaby.
O’Neill will soon be nearing the end of the second year of his scholarship and one would think that the offer of a professional contract is coming soon.
Josh Murphy came off the bench to replace Greg Cunningham in the second half on Saturday.
It was the man’s 11th appearance on loan at Cardiff City as a substitute, having yet to start a game in Preston colours.
Will he get the opportunity to start a game before his running spell ends in May?
I started therefore I finish:
Ali McCann returned to the starting XI against QPR in the right-back role. The Northern Ireland international played the full 90 minutes, the first time he had done so since away from Hull City on February 5.
He may be 43 and hung up his boots a few years ago, but Ryan Lowe still has capacity in his feet.
The PNE manager’s ball control when he went out of play near the technical area at the end of the first half was impressive to say the least.
Being a QPR goalkeeper seems like a dicey business, with them having FIVE first-team goalkeepers sidelined for the North End game.
Injury had previously released Seny Dieng, David Marshall, Jordan Archer and Joe Walsh.
Keiran Westwood, recently signed on a short-term contract, was on the roster to start the game. But after thinking he had gotten rid of a stomach bug earlier in the week, he was sick in the dressing room after returning from warming up.
In his place is Under-23 goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney, who had spent time on loan this season with Welling United, Bath City and Stratford Town.
The Preston North End teenager’s ability stood out against Ryan Lowe early on…
Grand National stops play:
That’s not strictly true, but the course of the famous race at Aintree delayed the post-match press conference.
All eyes in the PNE dressing room were on the National, with North End boss Ryan Lowe winning the sweep.
Ryan Lowe had the media in stitches and Radio Lancashire’s Ian Chisnall briefly lost words, as he offered his thoughts on the game.
Chisnall asked about Brad Potts’ absence from the team and got a very direct – and graphic – response from Lowe.
Let’s just say Potts had spent a lot of time in the bathroom days before the game.
Always professional, Chisnall conducted the interview perfectly and got a more medical explanation from Lowe.
QPR’s consolation goal came three minutes into stoppage time, with Andre Gray scoring from the penalty spot after Daniel Johnson grabbed the shirt from Sam Field.
It was just the third penalty awarded against PNE this season, with Lewis Grabban scoring for Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in November while Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was on target at Deepdale in January.
A penalty was the only way to beat Daniel Iversen on Saturday and the North End keeper certainly deserved to keep a clean sheet.
Johnson escaped a caution for his late take of Field’s jersey, with referee Tony Harrington not booking any PNE players during the game.
It was a welcome change for Ben Whiteman who had received a yellow card in his previous three games and five times in seven matches.
Whiteman has 11 bookings to his name this season, but the cutoff point for a 10-warning ban has risen to 37 games.
Fifteen yellows in a campaign would result in a three-game ban.