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Robbo: “Solid And Organised”

12 March 2013

Chris Robertson was delighted that North End came away with the three points after playing their game plan to perfection.

The central defender came off the bench for an injured Bailey Wright at half-time to help the Lilywhites stretch their unbeaten run to five matches and he was full of praise for the organisational side of the performance on a difficult Meadow Lane pitch.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com he said: “Every game is different and the gaffer obviously has his scouting reports and we play to our strengths and their weaknesses. So, we assessed that and pressing them high up the pitch worked in our favour really, so they tried to play the ball and we stopped them really doing that.

“We could have taken more of the chances that we had; it could have been more than one and they didn’t really have much to go off, so I thought it was quite a solid and organised performance from the boys.”

In a mirror image of wins against Bournemouth and Stevenage, the Lilywhites got in front in the first-half; this time via an own goal by Haydn Hollis and then went about snuffing out their opponents, who failed to create many meaningful efforts as North End defended resolutely.

“It was a tough encounter really,” added Robertson as he assessed the match. “We battled quite well, played the conditions well, as the pitch was quite difficult and for myself coming into the game at half-time, it was a difficult game to come into.

“As a defender when you are winning the game 1-0, I had a bit of pressure on myself to come in and carry on with the job and I thought we held on quite well, we played the conditions well and should have took more of the chances we had to make the game a bit more easier for ourselves, but in the end I am happy with the three points.”

North End have now recorded three clean sheets during their current winning run, with everyone from the strikers to Declan Rudd in the PNE goal doing their bit to keep the opposition at bay and the determination and will to succeed in the camp is something Robertson is proud of.

He continued: “Everyone is working together, we had a game plan in place and everyone is going off of that.

“We are staying calm, controlled and organised and we are being tough to breakdown at the moment.”

Next up for the Lilywhites is a trip to the capital for a match against Brentford on ‘Gentry Day’ and Robbo is relishing the prospect.

“It is another tough game,” he added. “They are in the top three, so it will be a tough test for us, but one we are looking forward to.

“We have had quite a lot of games recently and it will be good to just chill out tomorrow then get back in on Thursday and get our legs going again and get ready for the weekend.”

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