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Joy For Killa In Posh Thriller

25 March 2014

Neil Kilkenny was glad to make amends for his mistake in the lead up to Peterborough’s opener by scoring his first goal for Preston North End in a 3-1 win at Deepdale.

The midfielder was dispossessed inside his own half just moments before Danny Swanson curled the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the area to give the visitors the lead inside the first 20 minutes.

Kilkenny responded by equalising for the Lilywhites on the stroke of half time, stroking home from inside the box, and the 28-year-old was proud to get his name on the score sheet for the first time in Preston colours.  

“It was good, obviously it was nice to see it went in,” he said in an exclusive interview with the PNE.Com.

“I lost possession for the first goal and obviously they scored and I had to make up for it one way or another so luckily I could get forward and score.”

He added: “We didn’t play that well in the first half and personally it was a bad game for me but I’m happy to score a goal.

“We knew that we didn’t play very well and we just needed to go out and prove that we were a decent team and luckily we did that.”

North End were handed their first League One loss of the 2013/14 campaign by Peterborough at London Road as the Posh ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Tyrone Barnett and Grant McCann.

Even though Kilkenny did not join the Lilywhites until November, the midfielder was aware of the early season defeat and was eager to set the record straight.

“I heard the result when we played Peterborough before, I wasn’t here at the time,” he said.

“It was a good result tonight and it proves that maybe if we get them again we will be looking forward to it.”

Kilkenny partnered John Welsh in the heart of Preston’s midfield and the Australian international admitted he enjoys playing alongside the skipper.

“He [Welsh] is a good player but I enjoy playing with all of them and whoever the manager picks will do a good job for the team,” Kilkenny said.

“That’s why we’ve got the squad that we’ve got, we’ve got a strong squad and everyone is fighting for places.”

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