Preston sub Paul Gallagher only saw 17 minutes of action in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich – but what a crucial cameo it was!
He packed plenty into his short stint on Portman Road’s pitch, first scoring the equaliser for his side just after coming on with a cleverly struck free-kick that nestled in the bottom corner of Bartosz Bialkowki’s goal.
Not satisfied with getting his name on the score sheet, he then pulled on the gloves when keeper Chris Maxwell was given his marching orders with quarter of an hour still to play.
Talk about an all-round performance!
Showing he’s as adept at one end of the pitch as the other, the 34-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City man flipped backwards to repell a rifled volley from Ipswich defender Daniel Martin at the edge of the box as the Tractor Boys piled on the pressure in the dying minutes.
You can see the highlights below thanks to Ipswich Town’s Youtube channel – just skip to 1.07 to see Gallagher’s goal and his goalkeeping heroics.
There’s versatility and then there’s Paul Gallagher.
Though it does give Preston boss Alex Neil a bit of a headache – surely he’s got to start him in goal next week?