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Two In Two Delights Will

2 March 2013

Winger Will Hayhurst was delighted to get his second goal in as many games for the Lilywhites as he and his team-mates earned a draw against MK Dons.

The youngster finished well at the back post to cancel out the Dons early opener and he put his latest goal down to wise words from his manager.

“The gaffer said before the game that he wanted me in at the back post as I would get chances and thankfully I got the goal,” he told the official website.

“We were disappointed to go one-nil down straight away, but I think our reaction was brilliant and Holmesy [Lee Holmes] has done magnificently on the outside, he is great with both feet and put a great ball in and I have anticipated it and got in at the back and put it into the roof of the net.

“It was getting a bit of a tight angle and I haven’t scored many around the back post, I was a bit nervous, but thankfully I got the goal.”

The North End No.24 has returned to the side as of late and has a new found confidence and belief in his own ability which is starting to show on the pitch.

“The last two or three games I have got more belief in myself to run at players and take them on and in the last two games I have put in more crosses than pretty much the whole season so I am delighted with that,” continued the wide man.

“A lot of players have got more confidence and we are being more clinical, I think we could have nicked it, but they also put us under a lot of pressure, but we showed our determination in the first half when Paul Huntington and Bailey Wright blocked a shot twice, that was as good as a goal, it was absolutely magnificent.

“They showed that they wanted to put their bodies on the line and are not scared to get hurt for the team and that sends great confidence through the team.

“Everyone was excellent, defence, midfielders and strikers so hopefully we can kick on.”

Hayhurst had strong claims for a second-half penalty when he appeared to be bundled over in the box, but the referee waved away the North End protests.

When asked about the penalty claim the 19-year-old said: “I think it was a penalty, he has just clipped me from behind and I am disappointed I never got it. 

“I think there was a couple of penalty shouts during the game and I am very disappointed I didn’t get one.”

Like most of his team-mates, Hayhurst is looking forward to a return to Deepdale next Saturday when Stevenage come to Lancashire looking to avenge the 4-1 win for the Lilywhites in the reverse fixture.

“We had a great result against them and now we are back in front of our own fans.

“Hopefully we can get a good crowd and we can put on a good show for them and I can get another goal.”


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