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Kev Wants Return To Winning Ways

10 October 2013

Kevin Davies wants to see North End bounce back on Saturday with a win against Crewe Alexandra at Deepdale.

Following back-to-back reversals for the Lilywhites in league and cup competition, the PNE No.9 is determined that the players will put those games behind them when the Alex come to town.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, Davies said: “We want to get back to winning ways, we have had a good start to the season and it was disappointing to lose the unbeaten run, but it has happened now and we will put that behind us.

“It is a great game for us at home; our form at home has been very good so we will look to continue that.

“We knew it was going to be difficult to maintain that run but we have to look at the positives and we have had a really good positive start to the season.

“There was always going to be a little blip in there somewhere and now it is important that we don’t continue that.

“We don’t want to lose three in a row, we want to get back on a run and that will start this Saturday hopefully.”

By their own admission, Crewe have had a poor start to the Sky Bet League One season, but Davies and Co are taking nothing for granted against a side that defeated the Lilywhites twice last season.

“We approach and prepare for every game, there will be no games gifted to us and we have to go and earn every point we can, so that will be down to us to prepare as a group,” continued the striker.

“It will be important to do all the homework and make sure that we are as prepared for this game as we are for all the other ones.

“We look forward to it, we look forward to another hard working performance similar to the performance against Swindon were we all worked extremely hard for each other with the closing down, the tempo, the play was really good.

“If we can get to those standards we will win more games than we will lose.”

League One takes centre stage with no fixtures in the Premier League or Championship this weekend and England face Montenegro in one of their two remaining World Cup Qualification fixtures – the nation that 
Davies faced when earning his prestigious call up for the Three Lions, a memory he still remembers fondly.

Davies added: “I loved the England experience, the whole week. 

“From travelling down to seeing my shirt hanging up in the dressing room before the game at Wembley, it was a dream come true really.

“I loved the whole experience and it’s just a shame I never got more opportunities, but it is great to play and work alongside some of those great players.

“I managed to get on the pitch for 20 minutes as well so it was a dream come true for myself and it was a proud moment for me and my family and all of my friends that have supported me and all my managers and teammates that have supported me over the years and knew what it meant to me to finally get that call you kind of think wasn’t coming at the age of 33, but it was a fantastic experience and I have got the cap and the shirt at home which is something I will treasure, it is one of my prized possessions really.

“I think playing international football is the pinnacle of a player’s career.

“I can only speak from my own point of view, it is something as a child, you grow up watching World Cups, I remember watching Mexico 86 and Italia 90 and seeing Gary Lineker and Bryan Robson, you just look up to these kind of people and one day you dream of pulling on the shirt and running out at Wembley yourself which I managed to do.

“At that time I was one of the best eleven players in the country so it was a proud moment for me and all that hard work had paid off.

“I think it is still important to players, I think they still want to represent their countries.

“I know there is a lot at stake for their clubs and the amount of football they play in the Premier League and the Champions League is of high importance to clubs and players, but being selected to represent your country is one of the best honours you can have I think.”

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