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Sodje Has No Time For Sentiment

6 September 2012

Akpo Sodje will come up against a familiar face this weekend when PNE travel to Bury...

“Since I joined the Club all I have ever done is try my absolute best and at the moment and everything is falling my way at the moment in front of goal and I am really pleased with that.”

“It is really good for the confidence for the whole team, we are a new bunch of lads and if we can make it four wins on the bounce it will be a huge boost.

“We want to get the team as high as we possibly can early on and it is good to record points away from home and by the time we come back to Deepdale we will be in a better position than when we left. 

“We tasted victory in pre-season on the road and we tasted victory on Tuesday, everywhere we go we try and win the game, but we are going to work hard like we usually do and pick up three points for the fans and the team.

“The supporters are massive to this Club and hopefully we will go to Gigg Lane and outnumber the Bury fans and make the place like it is our home for the 90 minutes.

I am sure they will go to Bury and once again make good noise and help the team get going so we can pick up another win on the road.

Showing his appreciation for the PNE supporters, Sodje continued by saying the squad are ready to make it four wins on the bounce:“There is no question about Preston fans, they always turn up in good numbers and I have no doubt that they will turn up in good numbers on Saturday. 

However, Preston will be looking to overturn the result last year, when a certain David Amoo scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for the Shakers.

Last season, Preston outnumbered the Bury supporters on their own patch, with a similar turn out expected this weekend, with the sun expected to be shining in Greater Manchester.

For a lot of Preston North End supporters, the trip to Bury this weekend will be one of the matches they will have drawn a red circle around when the fixtures where first announced.

“Saturday will be a normal game for the both of us and we will both trying to do our best for our individual teams.”

“He has been to a couple of games at Deepdale to see me play when he was suspended, so he has been watching our games and we will always support each other. We always make the effort to go to each other’s games when we can. 

“It is going to be a nice occasion but it isn’t going to be about me and my brother, it is going to be about the two teams and we will be going there to win the game. 

“We have only ever played against each other in pre-season,” the powerful centre forward told PNE.Com ahead of training on Thursday morning.

Known to support each other throughout their careers, Preston’s Sodje admits there will be no time for sentiment this weekend.

Striker Akpo Sodje will go up against older brother Efe at Gigg Lane this weekend, marking a memorable moment for the footballing family, with fellow sibling Sam also a professional footballer.

North End’s seasons of firsts will continue this weekend when sibling rivalry goes from the family home to the football pitch.


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