We’ve met before: Grant Holt stars as Norwich City conquer Preston on their way to another promotion

Preston - Saturday September 18th, 2010: Grant Holt of Norwich scores his sides 1st goal and celebra

Preston - Saturday September 18th, 2010: Grant Holt of Norwich scores his sides 1st goal and celebrates during the Npower Championship match at Deepdale, Preston. (Pic by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images) - Credit: Focus Images

Deepdale hasn't always been a happy hunting ground for Norwich City.

Wes Hoolahan has a shot on goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wes Hoolahan has a shot on goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Results have been mixed, to say the least.

Neil Adams lost his job after City's last trip to Preston – a 2-0 FA Cup defeat back in January, 2015.

However, City's last league trip to Deepdale did end in success: they were 1-0 winners there in September, 2010 as City enjoyed their return to the Championship after the dark days of League One, eventually making it successive promotions under manager Paul Lambert.

Grant Holt was on target that day, ending a run of five league and cup games without a goal. Holt also hit the woodwork twice – with a header and a volley – before Korey Smith teed him up to shoot home from 12 yards in the 62nd minute.

Andrew Crofts heads clear. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Andrew Crofts heads clear. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

It was a result which lifted the Canaries to fourth in the table, six points behind leaders Queens Park Rangers, while Preston, under Darren Ferguson, were 23rd – which won't have pleased the manager's father, Sir Alex Ferguson, who was watching from the stands.

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Overall record (all competitions)

Norwich 18 wins – 14 draws – Preston 16 wins

Canaries central defender Leon Barnett clears from Preston's Danny Mayor. Picture: Paul Chesterton/F

Canaries central defender Leon Barnett clears from Preston's Danny Mayor. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Grant Holt scores the winner. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Holt scores the winner. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Korey Smith, who provided the assist for Grant Holt. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Korey Smith, who provided the assist for Grant Holt. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Sunderland are favourites to sign former Norwich City keeper John Ruddy. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Fo

Sunderland are favourites to sign former Norwich City keeper John Ruddy. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Chris Martin appeals for a free-kick. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Chris Martin appeals for a free-kick. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Elliot Ward, Russell Martin and Leon Barnett applaud the travelling support at Deepdale. Picture: Pa

Elliot Ward, Russell Martin and Leon Barnett applaud the travelling support at Deepdale. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Sir Alex Ferguson is distracted from watching his son Darren's Preston team in action. Picture: Paul

Sir Alex Ferguson is distracted from watching his son Darren's Preston team in action. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

The Norwich contingent in the Deepdale directors' box celebrate victory. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Fo

The Norwich contingent in the Deepdale directors' box celebrate victory. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Elliot Ward celebrates the win. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Elliot Ward celebrates the win. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images