Strange things always happen at the end of a football season but there's yet to be anything weirder than the actual matches themselves.

At Sheffield Wednesday, PNE scored a 89th minute winner to keep their season alive and there was nothing, other than a booming North End bench and a roar from the press box.

On Saturday against Nottingham Forest, the Lilywhites were pushing for another winner that would've put them back in the top six - no urging on from the stands, just silence.

The phrase 'new normal' is pretty repulsive and football at the moment isn't, and never will be, anything remotely close to normal.

One thing that has come as a more welcomed surprise though, is the Preston North End players who have really delivered since the restart.

Joe Rafferty, Brad Potts, Jordan Storey, Jayden Stockley and Ryan Ledson were all bit-part players prior to lock down.

They have also arguably been five of PNE's best players since football returned.

North End had to wait five games for their first win after Championship football got the green light to come back.

That came at Hillsborough, where Jordan Storey came into the side for the first time since January, in a back three.

He was Man of the Match and outstanding at centre back, putting in two goal-saving tackles and looking like he was registering his 40th appearance of the season.

Storey backed that up with another assured performance at home to Forest, in which he earned the praise of Alex Neil after the game - the youngster strikes the balance well between a modern day and old fashioned centre back.

Also in the back four against Forest was Joe Rafferty, who made his fourth straight league start.

He has dislodged Darnell Fisher from the starting XI and his four performances since coming back into the team have been excellent.

Rafferty is old school. He tackles hard, grafts hard and rarely lets you down. He's also shown he can whip a dangerous cross in from set pieces.

Into midfield next where Brad Potts has really started to come to the fore and show what he's capable of.

Preston North End's Brad Potts celebrates scoring his side's third goal with teammates

Potts has looked stronger, fitter and more aggressive since the restart and the No.44 had said how he'd used lock down to get into the best shape possible.

His goal at Hillsborough oozed class and North End fans are starting to see the player they hoped they'd got when Alex Neil brought him in last season.

Not too far from him on the pitch has been his good mate Ryan Ledson.

The No.18 has had to be very patient this season, with game time limited.

One thing he and his manager have both said this season though, is that Ledson has undoubtedly improved as a player despite a lack of match action.

His performances have been full of energy and desire, which he always had, but he's also looked far more aware and composed in there which is a highly promising sign.

He hasn't lost that bite though - against Forest he hurled into two challenges but they were both well timed.

Preston North End's Jayden Stockley celebrates

And finally we come to arguably the most likeable member of the PNE squad.

Stockley doesn't know what a bad mood is, he's always positive and cheerful and it's been great to see him net two goals in his last two games.

After the Cardiff defeat, the striker spoke of his confidence that he will be a success at Deepdale and the last two games have given Preston fans hope that can still be the case.

His finish at Sheffield Wednesday was sublime and he was Man of the Match against Forest.

Stockley won near-enough everything that came his way and took his chance well to level the score.

Preston make the trip to Brentford next, probably the toughest test you could get at the moment.

With fitness concerns over Ben Davies (hamstring), Ben Pearson (knee), Alan Browne (calf) and Patrick Bauer (hamstring), Alex Neil will hope these five continue to step up to the plate.