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Wright Captained The Club He Loves

5 September 2012

Defender Bailey Wright tells PNE.Com it was an honour to lead the team out for the very first time..

“When I missed my penalty I was hoping my team mates would bail me out and they did and I am grateful they finished their spot kicks. They covered for me and that what it is about to be a part of a team.”

“It is nice to come here and get a win because away games are always a bit more difficult than home games. 

“I have played here once before and it can be a tough place to come, the fans get right behind their team and Carlisle are a tough team to beat.

Aware of the challenge Carlisle possessed before tonight’s game, Wright concluded by saying there is a real team spirit at the Club.

North End produced yet again another convincing performance after a bright start to the 2012/13 campaign, claiming their third win inside seven days.

“If it goes down to penalties, it is the team that can hold their nerve and we did just that tonight and we have come away with the win.”

“Everybody was 100% committed to the cause tonight and we had to do it the hard way by winning the penalty shoot-out but we did it and that is how games have to be won sometimes. 

“We want to win every game and reach the final at Wembley and all the lads would love to be a part of that so that is our aim, to go and win every game that we play.

“You want to be out there playing and winning, the JPT is a good competition to be a part of and it is one we haven’t taken lightly.

“You have to take care of your body as much as you possibly can because you have to be ready for every game and make sure you put in the best shift you possibly can. 

“If we keep winning football matches then we will be playing matches left, right and centre but that is what we want. 

“But that is something you have to get on with because that is football, with the amount of games you play in League One plus the cup competitions. 

He continued: “Obviously you are not going to feel as fresh as you would like after only 48 hours rest, especially as they were two tough games. 

Happy to be just playing the sport he loves, Wright knows if Preston are going to be successful this season, then their bodies will have to be able to handle the pressure of two games per week.

Boss Westley rang the changes for the Lilywhites trip to Cumbria, drafting in nine fresh faces for the JPT clash, with just Wright and fellow defender Keith Keane retaining their places.

“I love the Club, it means a lot to me so it is nice to go out there and help win games for the supporters and the Club.”

“The Club is my home, it is the first team I have played professional football for and I moved over to this country when I was 16-years old and it is an honour to say I play for Preston.

“I didn’t think it would come this early in my career to wear it at first team level but like I have said it was a great privilege to wear the armband this evening and an honour to lead Preston North End out.

“I have always thought I can be a leader and somebody who can wear the armband well and I have done it before in the youth team and the reserves.

“It is nice to be trusted and it breeds confidence but overall it was great to get through to the next round.

“The manager told me I would be captain for the night during the team talk and he said he trusted me with the responsibility which is a great honour. 

“It was nice to captain a winning side and to wear the armband was an honour,” North End’s number 26 exclusively told PNE.Com.

Described as a ‘natural born leader’ by manager Graham Westley in his pre-match press conference, the confident youngster told PNE.Com he didn’t think the responsibility would come so early in his career.

Still only 20-years of age, the Aussie, who came over to England four years ago as a scholar at Deepdale, realised a dream at Brunton Park by captaining the side for the very first team.

Preston North End defender Bailey Wright described it is as an honour to captain the side he calls ‘home’ following Tuesday night’s penalty shootout win over Carlisle United in the JPT.


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