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Cummins: All I Think About Is Scoring

18 December 2012

PNE.Com speaks to one of the Lilywhites’ penalty heroes, striker Graham Cummins.

“We will have home advantage next week on Boxing Day and hopefully we will get the right result against Bury.” 

“It was a bit feisty on the sidelines tonight as well as on the pitch, it will be a good game and it got intense towards the end. 

“Hopefully we can build on tonight, Coventry are in good form at the moment and it is going to be a tough game but one that we relish.“We play Bury in League One next week and it is a completely different game, a whole new 90 minutes.

“The gaffer told the lads who would start on Saturday night after the Portsmouth game and if I do start against Coventry it will be great and if not I will be ready to contribute in any way that I can.

“It was a scrappy game; there was never any flow for both teams but fair play to Beavon for scoring his goal at the end and hopefully he can continue scoring goals for the Club. 

“We looked good at times me and Bev [Stuart Beavon] but at times we looked like we were two players who had never played with each other. We will continue to work together at the training ground, Beavon is a great player.

Ready to work on his partnership with the former Wycombe man, Cummins concluded by saying if called upon again on Saturday, he will be ready to contribute in any way to ensure North End beat Coventry in the final game before Christmas. 

Cummins started the night alongside Beavon, who was making his first start in over two weeks after illness, and the pair looked lively from the word go.

“It is a pity I couldn’t round the night off with a goal in normal time, every game I play I want to score and hopefully my next goal will come very soon.”

“I was a bit surprised when the manager gave me the nod to start tonight, it is my first full 90 minutes this season and I am delighted to get my first full match. 

“It was good for me to score the winning goal at the end, all the lads did well tonight and Thorsten Stuckmann pulled off a fantastic penalty save to help the team go through to the next round. 

“When you take a penalty all you are thinking is about hitting the back of the net. I was disappointed I didn’t score in the game, their goalkeeper pulled off two great saves from me. 

Delighted to get a full game under his belt, Cummins exclusively told the Club’s official website it was a fantastic effort from the North End boys

However Cummins turned out to be the match winner with a calmly taken penalty after a dramatic 3-3 draw to seal North End’s passage into the semi-finals of the JPT.

The Irish frontman played his first full 90 minutes of the season against the Shakers, putting in a determined performance up front alongside Stuart Beavon and was unlucky not to find the back of the net inside the 90 minutes.

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