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Wroe Pleased With Winning Start

14 August 2012

Nicky Wroe was delighted to net a debut goal as Preston North End progressed to the second round of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

 “We’ll fancy anybody, especially if we get a home tie. We’ll do what we did tonight and try and get in their faces and hopefully get a win.”

“The fans really got behind us and drove us on. The early goals helped but they were fantastic.

As Premier League sides enter the draw on Wednesday, Wroe does not mind who the Lilywhites come up against in the next round, providing the club are drawn at home, with the midfielder backing PNE’s chances against anyone in front of the Deepdale crowd.

 “It was nice to get off the mark so early. I maybe should have had a couple in pre-season but didn’t so it was nice to get a goal on my home debut.”

“Beardo [Chris Beardsley] did well and I thought maybe he’s going to squeeze it across. How he got it to me I’m not quite sure, but yeah I managed to tuck it away and I’ll take them all day.

Wroe continued: “The gaffer wants people running on from midfield, arriving and committing into the box and being nice and positive. I think if you can get people in the box in the right areas then more times than not they’re going to get on the end of them and you’re going to get goals.

The manner in which the midfielder scored his goal will not have been an unfamiliar sight to fans who have been keeping a close eye on Preston this pre-season, with Joel Byrom scoring two goals in a similar fashion when PNE faced AFC Wimbledon last month. 

Wroe’s goal came after good work from Chris Beardsley, with the 26-year-old’s late run into the box setting him up perfectly to tap the ball into the unguarded net. 

“The gaffer’s been trying to instil that into us, to play on the front foot. Like I say it’s something to build on, we can improve on that. We can take confidence into the next game now.”

“We want to get out and get at people, get in their faces. We did that I think, we put them under pressure and scored a couple of good goals from it.

“Beating a Championship side shows we’re coming together nicely and hopefully we can build on it and take it into the season.

North End started strongly against their Championship opponents as they recorded a comfortable win, with Wroe crediting his manager for PNE’s impressive performance.

“It was a good team performance. You’ve seen partnerships developing and we’re getting a style of play that’s suiting us and it gives us something to build on.”

“We wanted to get off to a winning start. We felt confident, especially with how we’ve been doing in pre-season and how well we’ve come together,” said Wroe. “To start off with a win is very pleasing.

And with North End’s League One opener against Colchester United now only days away, the midfielder was in a confident mood ahead of the new season.

The ex-Shrewsbury man was one of 13 debutants for Graham Westley’s side as two first half goals ensured the Lilywhites started the season with a win. 

Nicky Wroe was delighted to net a debut goal as Preston North End progressed to the second round of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.


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