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Keane: A Role I Know

5 November 2012

Keith Keane tells PNE.Com the responsibility of captain against Yeovil on Saturday didn’t change his approach to the game.

“There is a few local derbies for Preston so all the lads are used to them now, we want to win every game we play in and we don’t get carried away by the derby factor, we are up for the game and we will do our best to get all three points.”

use the factor of playing at Deepdale in our advantage and pick up three points.
“The majority of the squad travelled to watch the game but we know it is not going to be an easy game and they are a decent team. The attention now is completely towards the league game, and we are going to

“Only me and Bailey [Wright] played in the game at Carlisle United which started the league game two days previous against Swindon Town.

Ready for another derby day as a PNE player, Keane continued by telling the Club’s official website the players are excited to play their second game in four days at Deepdale.

North End have already tasted success this season against the Cumbrians, advancing to the second stage of the JPT with a penalty shoot-out win at Brunton Park.

The FA Cup will be now put in the back of the players minds whilst efforts are refocused towards League One and gaining three points against Carlisle United on Tuesday night.

“We found out on Sunday afternoon we would face Gillingham in the second round, it will be another tough fixture, they are flying high in League Two but we are at home and hopefully we can use that to our advantage and get through to the next round.”

“However it didn’t really change anything for me on the pitch because there were ten captains playing alongside me and anybody in the team or the squad could be captain. There was no reason for me to treat the game any different.

“I had a year of being captain at Luton Town when I was 21 so I have past experience in the role, I had a rough idea before Saturday’s game what the role is all about and I took that into the game.

“The manager rang me on Friday night and asked me if I wanted to be captain for the game and I didn’t have to think about it, I said yes straight away.

Describing the duty as an ‘honour’, the former Luton man said: “It was an honour and a very proud moment to be given the captaincy for the game for such a great Club. I really enjoyed it and it was a proud moment.

Keane put in a sterling performance as the Lilywhites advanced to the next round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Gary Johnson’s Yeovil, with League Two leaders Gillingham now awaiting in the second stage.

The full back was handed the armband on Friday night by boss Graham Westley in the absence John Mousinho and recent PNE leader John Welsh, who was suspended for the first round tie.

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