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Cummins Enjoyed Occasion

10 October 2012

Graham Cummins talks to PNE.Com following his first goal of the season…

“I really enjoyed tonight, we played good football which really helps and we passed the ball so well in the second half especially.”

“I was delighted to get a game because I haven’t played since Carlisle and I have been trying to keep myself fit and sharp. Maybe it has helped me because I haven’t played for so long it helped me to relax and not go into the games worried, I could go out there and enjoy the occasion.

“He has bags of experience and he is good for me as well, he talks to me well and I am delighted for Akpo as well.

“He scored two tonight and one last weekend, we have missed him when he has been injured even though we did win a couple of games. He is a great talisman for the team and he is a great character to have around the place.

Admitting he enjoyed being back playing he continued: “When Akpo Sodje came on he was on fire, his first goal was fantastic and he took his second very well. It was an easy opportunity but sometimes the easy ones can become the hard ones.

Cummins, who is part of a quartet of current fit strikers fighting for a jersey in the North End starting line-up praised the impact of team mate Akpo Sodje as he made an impact from the bench inside 23 seconds of coming on.

“Nicky Wroe played in a great ball and he has got that in his locker, he has got great qualities and he was fantastic tonight, all three of the central midfielders dominated the midfield.  Everybody played well, we showed great character and we seem to be scoring a lot of goals lately.

“In the second half the lads who played in the centre of midfield controlled the game and it helped us become strong and we showed our fitness towards the end. We looked sharp because none of us played at the weekend and we looked good tonight.

Talking to the Club’s official website he said: “Even before my goal I was happy with my display, the most important thing though is that we won because last season when I scored twice we lost the games. It was good to score and good to get the win which has put us through to the next round.

The number nine, who received praise from manager Graham Westley in his post-match press conference is happy to finally score a goal for a winning PNE team, with his two previous goals for the Club coming in defeats.

equalise for the Lilywhites in the second half as North End raced on to win the tie 4-2.
The Irish centre forward made only his second start of the season in the JPT against Morecambe but showed his pedigree in front of goal to


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