If Martin O'Neill was looking for a boost ahead of Ireland's double header against Denmark and Wales next week, it was served up at Deepdale on Saturday.

In fact, it was a double delight for the Ireland manager as he would have seen his recently recruited forward bag a brace, while another attacking option made a telling return to action.

Callum Robinson hit two in Preston's 4-0 victory, although his second may be officially chalked down as an own goal, while Sean Maguire played 15 vital minutes on his way back to full fitness following a lengthy absence through injury.

In fact, Maguire combined with his international team-mate for that fourth and final goal in the facile Wigan victory, which should give O'Neill options ahead of the Denmark clash next Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.

Maguire has been named in the Ireland squad for the international fixtures and while not back to 100%, O'Neill will be anxious to use his influence at some time.

Preston manager Alex Neil was naturally delighted to see Maguire back to his best in the four-goal win.

"It was perfect for Seani today as he needs minutes under his belt," said Neil.

"We’ve missed him and you can see that for the fourth goal - with his low centre of gravity, the way he shifts his feet and goes past people, and that’s a real quality and he can run all day long.

"It’s key for us that he gets himself back as soon as possible.

And the manager is not concerned that his returning front man is heading off on international duty. If anything, he believes that is will help in his quest to return to full fitness.

"If anything it could help him," said Neil. "Martin O’Neill and the staff have been top class with us.

"They have said they will monitor him and make sure he doesn’t do too much and I’m confident they will look after him."