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Wroe: We Will Take Anyone

28 August 2012

PNE.Com speak to skipper and two goal hero Nicky Wroe after the 4-1 win over Palace..

“We have had a couple of tough away games (in the league). That makes a big difference I think. We just need to replicate what we have done tonight and take that into the league against Swindon Town.”

With Swindon Town the visitors to Deepdale on Sunday, Wroe was hopeful of building on their convincing performance against Palace, as the Club look to secure their first league win of the season.

“The lads who have come into the side today have given the gaffer some selection problems. That’s always good and that was always going to be the case with the squad we have got.”

Wroe was full of praise for the players who came into the side tonight, and believes that the North End boss will have some hard decisions to make on Sunday when it comes to team selection.

Manager Graham Westley made six changes to the side that featured against Bournemouth on Saturday, including handing a debut to goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, and first appearances of the season to Andy Procter, Will Hayhurst and Chris Robertson.

“I think we fancy anybody in the next round, especially at home, as we showed tonight. We have beaten another Championship side and we’re feeling confident. We’ll take anyone really.”

With the Capital One Cup third round draw on Thursday, Wroe was confident that North End could continue to progress in the competition, regardless of opposition. 

“You need to get people in the box if you’re going to score, especially arriving late for that second phase like I did today. There’s always going to be knockdowns and it’s hard for defenders to pick you up and track you.”

With goals from midfield now becoming a common occurrence at Deepdale, Wroe believes the squad’s hard work in training is beginning to pay off.

“All three goals have come in this cup, but I need to keep my head down and get some more, get some in the league hopefully to help us climb that table.”

“The gaffer’s wanting goals from all over, especially from midfield and I’m trying to do that. I like to get forward, I like to be creative and luckily I’ve managed to get on the end of quite a few now.”

Wroe’s two goals took his tally for the season to three, after his debut goal against Huddersfield Town. With North End still looking for their first league win this season, the ex-Shrewsbury man is confident he can replicate his cup form in the league.

“The gaffer’s shown faith in me in the last couple of games and leading them out in front of our home fans in such a great stadium was really good.”

“To lead out the lads for the first time at Deepdale was brilliant. It couldn’t have gone any better really I don’t think. It was a big honour. It was good to get the captaincy. 

And for Wroe, who skippered the side for the first time against Bournemouth on Saturday, tonight’s game against their Championship opposition could not have gone any better. 

The 26-year-old opened the scoring for the Lilywhites inside the first two minutes, before adding his second, and Preston’s fourth, shortly before the hour mark, beating Palace keeper with a powerful low strike from outside the area.

Nicky Wroe marked his first home game as captain with a brace as North End secured their place in the third round of the Captial One Cup with a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.


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