Midfielder ace Daniel Johnson says belief is back in Preston North End squad
The midfielder played in Lowe’s opener in charge, a 2-1 win over Barnsley at Deepdale.
Johnson scored the game-winning goal in that game, but also scored Alan Browne’s first goal.
It was a great opportunity for the Jamaican to show what he can do, having lost his place in the squad in recent weeks when Frankie McAvoy was the head coach.
He duly delivered, a key part of winning amid a five-man midfielder, a system Lowe will always play to.
The Liverpudlian adopt a similar formation to McAvoy’s, with a player sitting deep in midfield rather than in front of them, but style and philosophy are what sets the two bosses apart.
Johnson felt it was important that Lowe made his mark on the Lilywhites and believes the new boss is just trying to trust his new team.
Johnson said: âThis is what the manager wants, this is the style of play the manager wants – going forward, running forward. We executed that.
âIt was important that he left his mark on our team, he hasn’t been here for very long, but he’s just trying to give the players confidence.
âHe makes sure that we know that we are good footballers and that we just have to go out there and execute the plan.
âEveryone is different when a new manager comes in, some people get nervous, some players will be really calm about it. It really depends on the individual.
Although 15th in the championship, PNE is only seven points behind the play-off places. There have been complications in the match schedule as matches have been postponed due to Covid up and down the league – including the trip from North End to Millwall which should have taken place on December 18.
It will have, however, given Lowe more time on the training ground with his new team, although nothing compares to the matches.
âEveryone knows how relentless the championship is, one or two wins can take you up the standings,â Johnson said.
âAt the end of the day, I think we just have to take game by game.
âThe new manager is now and I think it will take a few games for us to really get started, but Barnsley’s victory was a positive performance for us and we are just looking forward to what will happen.
“The free kick in that game was something that me and Paul Gallagher have been doing for the past two years, and as soon as Ryan Ledson came on the pitch we said we would take it back the old fashioned way and that’s left.”