Horgan pleased after impressing on full Preston debut

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David Fitzgerald, Sportsfile
The former Dundalk and Cork City winger has hit the ground running at Deepdale, earning admiration from his manager

Daryl Horgan made his full debut for Preston North End on Saturday, helping the Lancashire outfit defeat promotion hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion.

The former Dundalk winger, who joined Preston in December, was named in the starting XI by Simon Grayson after impressing in the FA Cup third-round defeat to Arsenal a number of days earlier and rewarded his manager's faith by supplying the assist for his side's insurance goal in their 2-0 win.

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Given the role he played in toppling Chris Hughton's side, Horgan was pleased with his own display, but was keen to emphasise the team's overall performance as they look to make a push into the play-off positions in the second half of the season.

"To play the full 90 minutes is brilliant," the 24-year-old told the official Preston North End website. "But to also beat top of the table comprehensively as well is great."

As well as providing the key pass for Preston's second, Horgan managed to fashion a couple of chances for himself, the closest of which came soon after he set up Callum Robinson.

"That would have been brilliant to score, but ultimately it's a great win for us and a clean sheet," said the Galway native.

"It propels us further up the table and puts us in a stronger position to push for a play-off place."

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After his strong showing against a team pushing for promotion to the Premier League, it looks likely that Horgan will continue to be favoured by Grayson, as Preston look ahead to their league clash against Aston Villa.

“I was very impressed with Daryl," the former Leeds United boss said after the game. "I had no hesitation putting him into the team today given how he has trained and how he played last week for us (against Arsenal)."

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