Thursday , October 28 2021

Paul Gallagher did not want to beat the Preston North Ends emergency goalkeeper


Paul Gallagher acknowledges that he would be tempted to put on goalkeepers again after his stint between the Preston draw with Ipswich.

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Preston North Ends Paul Gallagher is bullied after scoring his side's equalization goal against Ipswich

Preston North Ends Paul Gallagher is bullied after scoring his side's equalization goal against Ipswich

The midfielder played for more 20 minutes in the net after Chris Maxwell was sent out in the 1-1 race on Portman Road.

After getting off the bench to score with his first touch for PNE's equalizer, Gallagher was in goal as Alex Neil had done all his substitutions and could not call Declan Rudd's services.

"I asked our goalkeeper coach Jack Cudworth what time we start training today because I want to play in goals again," said Gallagher.

"When Chris turned off and we needed someone to go in, I just felt safe.

"I told the boss that I was ready for it and would go for him.

"He wanted Louis Moult to go in first because we did not have any midfielder on the pitch except myself and Ben Pearson.

"Fair play to Louis, he went into the middle field and did a good job for us.

"I loved it out there, when the fourth official put a seven-minute stopping time on the board, I wanted it to be 15!

"The only shot I had to save, I did not want to shoot for a corner because Ipswich had some big boys and was good at set pieces.

"I just stopped it to try and keep it alive for us.

"The judges in front of me were magnificent, they put their bodies on the line and led everything."

While this was Gallaghers first older appearance as a goalkeeper, it was not a new experience for him to be online.

The 34-year-old said, "I used to work in Blackburn with Vince O & Keefe when I was in the youth team there.

"On a Thursday night I would go there for goalkeeper sessions as he did.

"There was only something to do on time.

"As a child I played for a team called Blackburn Eagles and our goalkeeper was once missing for two months so I went into goal then.

"A few years ago in Newcastle I did a diving on the track but unfortunately I did not have the gloves so I was sent!"

Maxwell's red card against Ipswich came because of two yellow cards.

He was booked for a mistake on Jordan Roberts who saw the home team a penalty, one as Freddie Sears threw just before half-time.

Welshman's second caution came after he drove out of his box to challenge Kayden Jackson.

He will earn a match ban, with Rudd returning to Bristol City on Saturday.

Gallagher said, "After the match, I told Maxi that he had saved us so many times and not to stay here. He plays as a hopper."

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