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Neil Kilkenny: ‘We Should Have Won’

4 January 2014

Neil Kilkenny believes that PNE should have beaten Ipswich Town at Portman Road after drawing 1-1 in the third round of the FA Cup.

The midfielder was speaking exclusively to PNE.Com following the match in Suffolk, in which North End matched their Championship opponents step for step.

And with a replay under the lights at Deepdale now pencilled in for the 14th January, Kilkenny is pleased that the Club will get another opportunity to progress to the fourth round.

“I think we should have won that game,” stated the North End No.37.

“But at the same time, we have still got another chance and another crack at it and we will be looking forward to the replay.

“Other teams around us in the league may see it is as North End having an extra game, but we see it as a chance to progress in the cup and prove how good we can be.

“We have got a few players coming back and we have got a good squad, so I am sure the manager will utilise that.

“It was a good cup tie and a good performance by the boys.

“They had a couple of chances, we had a couple of chances, but I’d say possession wise, we were probably the better team.

“We dominated the first half and we were a bit disappointed not to come in at half-time winning the game, but we just carried on digging in there and scored a good goal.

“Second half, I thought we did well also, they came out a bit better second half, but I’d still say it was quite an even game.”

Preston North End have now faced Championship opposition three time during the 2013/14 season, with one defeat, draw and of course that win over Blackpool in the bag.

And after spending several years plying his trade at that level, the Aussie believes that his current team-mates are good enough to mix it with those sides on a regular basis.

“The team we have here is good,” continued Kilkenny.

“The squad is good and so is the morale, so we just need to keep going and focus back on the league now and hopefully we can carry on with our good run of form.”

The match at Portman Road signalled the last in Kilkenny’s current loan deal from fellow Sky Bet League One side Bristol City and the central midfielder has been pleased with how things have went during that time following initial problems and issues for a variety of reasons which he explained.

“I have been pleased with how things have went during my loan spell with the Club,” added Kilkenny.

“It was the last game of my loan today and I have enjoyed my time.

“At the start of the loan spell I had a bit of bad luck with illness, injury and getting sent off when it wasn’t me!

“The last couple of games have been really enjoyable, playing regularly has been really good and hopefully everyone has enjoyed watching me play.”

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