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Robertson's U's Preview

7 February 2013

PNE.Com speaks to Chris Robertson ahead of the Lilywhites’ trip down south to face Colchester United on Saturday.

Preston North End defender Robertson is hoping that the Lilywhites can start converting recent strong performances into victories.
The Scot was speaking to the club’s official website ahead of North End’s league clash away to Colchester United, a match the Lilywhites will be desperate to win following the club’s unfortunate 2-1 defeat by Shrewsbury Town last weekend. 

The centre back believes that Preston have been dominating every aspect of matches except the scoreline but he feels that hard work and togetherness will make a combination to propel the Lilywhites to victories in the future.

Talking exclusively to PNE.Com, Robertson said: “We’ve had a difficult time lately; we’re not getting the results that we want at the moment. 

“The scoreline is the only stat that we’re not winning on at the moment really, but if you look at the games, we’re dominating them. We’re getting more chances, more passing, more possession and we just need to get the main one which is goals. We’re showing signs of progress but it’s really slow so we’ve just got to keep digging in and working together and hopefully these results can change.”

PNE’s defence is crucial to the immediate success of the Club and after a sustained period where the backline has remained fixed in terms of personnel, Robertson feels that positive understandings are being struck, particularly between him and fellow centre back Bailey Wright.

“When you’re keeping the same individuals in the same positions it is easier to work together and we’re brewing up a good relationship, me and Bailey,” Robertson added. 

“The more you play together the more you get used to things and we can see that solid platform there. It’s a bit disappointing that we’ve let a few goals in but we’re moving in the right direction and we’ve had a few chances really. We’ve had more chances that what other teams have had at our goal so we’ve got to be more clinical.”

Looking ahead to the weekend’s game against Colchester, the 26 year- old is hoping that the Lilywhites can continue their impressive away form and replicate victories such as the wins over Hartlepool and Stevenage. Having played the U’s on the opening day of the season, Robertson is hoping that PNE are accustomed to how Colchester play and that they can expose any potential weaknesses. 

The defender said: “It seems to be easier away from home at the moment, I don’t know whether it’s down to pressure or not but we’ve got to concentrate on our job. It’s going to be another long journey for us but it’s one that we’re going to prepared rightly for, so hopefully we can come back with three points.

“We know what their strong and weak points are, we’ll be doing work today and tomorrow with regards to that so hopefully we can find out how to beat them.”

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