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Cummins Looking To Make Impact

30 March 2013

Irish striker Graham Cummins earned praise from his manager after coming on for the last 30 minutes against Portsmouth on Good Friday.

Despite this, the North End No.9 was not entirely happy with his impact and wants more to show the gaffer and the fans what he is capable of.



Speaking to PNE.Com ahead of the trip to Crewe, the former Cork man said: “I was and I wasn’t [happy with his impact]. When you come on you obviously want to change the game and in a sense it was good that it was 1-0 when I came on and it finished 1-1, it was just disappointing that we couldn’t win.


“Maybe if I had got the winner myself I would have felt better about it.


“The way I think about it when I go on is to get into the box as much as possible, get a few chances, so I was disappointed, but I thought overall everyone made a big impact.”


The frontman was though pleased with the equalising goal and the reaction from the North End faithful: “It was a great goal and I said to Keano afterwards ‘you celebrated like you do it every week!’” He continued.


“His celebration was a bit ridiculous, but it was a fantastic finish.


“The place needed it; especially after Leyton Orient the week before, where it was 0-0 and we didn’t put away the chances and the fans probably thought ‘where is a goal coming from?’ and in the end it was probably from an unlikely source with a fabulous finish.


“It got the place going and gets us going for Monday as well, because we are going into the game coming back from 1-0 down, rather than from a defeat and we are looking forward to Monday now.


“Confidence is increasing all the time. There is a lot of positivity in the camp. Even though we didn’t win on Saturday, we are looking at the positives from the game rather than the negatives.


“For players it is all about confidence and once the players get their confidence going, we will see a more confident team and next year we’ll have a bunch of lads who are very confident.


“All you need is a few results and your confidence picks up straight away. We haven’t lost at home for a while now, whereas before we were throwing away points for fun, so it has made a difference the last few weeks.”


Cummins picked up a niggling injury right after the arrival of Simon Grayson, but he has no problems sitting on the sidelines whilst the team is doing well.


“It was an awful time to get injured, because when you are out of the team and they are playing well, you can’t really argue about coming in.


“Hopefully we can pick up wins soon, as the gaffer has already said, he’d like to have a look at everyone before the end of the season.


“At the moment, when the team is not losing and picking up points, you can’t complain about not being in the team.”


Finally, with a big North End following guaranteed at The Alexandra Stadium on Easter Monday, it is a game the 25-year-old and his team-mates are all looking forward to.


“We’re going to probably outnumber them the way things are going at the moment,” he added. “Crewe have the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final next weekend and will probably get a few more in because of that, but it is going to be a good game.


“I was sitting in the stands the last time we played Crewe and I thought they were one of the best teams I have seen at Deepdale, especially Murphy in the midfield – he has been the best player I have seen all year.


“You look forward to going to games like this and I am sure the fans will look forward to it as well, because Crewe will play the game in the right way and it is going to be an enjoyable game.”


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