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Jeffrey Adjusting To First Team Football

23 August 2012

PNE.Com speaks to quick footed winger Jeffrey Monakana...

“We have a strong squad and you can tell because even the bench is strong, everybody is capable of playing so whoever is in the starting 11 has to play at their best to stay in the team.”

“We have already experienced long trips together but we are a new team, the team is starting to come together and we will start picking up wins.

“During the week we didn’t play our best stuff but we had chances to win the game. We can take positives from both games but we need to be more clinical in front of goal and the goals will come.

“We have been unlucky, especially last weekend because we created a number of chances and on any other day the ball would have gone in the back of the net.

He concluded his exclusive interview with the Club’s official website by saying: “Up until kick-off on Saturday we will be working hard so we will definitely get the right result at Bournemouth. Picking up the right result is the only option and we are going for the win.

Ready to put Tuesday night’s defeat at Shrewsbury Town behind him, Monakana believes the team still needs time to gel as a unit but believes they are showing positives signs and confident of picking up their first league win of the season at Bournemouth on Saturday.

“Playing away from home is completely different than at Deepdale and Tuesday night was the first time I have ever played a league game away from home. It was a great experience and I am learning whilst playing first team football.”

“Those sorts of circumstances you have to learn from and try and improve your game but I am enjoying the challenge.

“Playing in League One is completely different from what I am used to when I was at Arsenal. Against Shrewsbury in mid-week I was doubled up on which has never happened to me before.

“We suffered a minor blip during the week, the team is still gelling but I am enjoying playing football and the gaffer has given me a lot of confidence to go out and express myself,” said the youngster.

Monakana, enjoying his first full season playing professional football admits it’s a new experience all round, from playing in League One and having to handle the opposition doubling up on him when North End are on the attack.

The teenage winger has made the right wing his own for North End’s opening three fixtures, and whenever he is in possession the roar from the Preston crowd urging him on just shows what type of player he is.

Exciting winger Jeffrey Monakana has certainly captured the imagination of the Club’s supporters since his summer switch from Arsenal.


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