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Callum Roberts pleased with clean sheet in Shrewsbury triumph

7 November 2016

Preston North End U18 goalkeeper Callum Roberts was pleased to keep a clean sheet during Saturday’s 3-0 win away against Shrewsbury Town.

Roberts played his part in the victory after making some fantastic saves in the first half before North End scored three second-half goals to earn the victory.

And with this being Roberts’ fourth clean sheet of the season, the ‘keeper was especially pleased with the result. He said: “It’s great to get the clean sheet. 

“The priority in defence and for me as a goalkeeper is to do our jobs and then let the attackers do theirs. It’s great that we got the win but to have got the clean sheet as well is fantastic for the team. 

“It just shows that we’re improving in games and looking more solid at the back.” 

Roberts was pleased with his individual display which saw him lead the young back three in front of him while making some good saves, too. He added: “Everyone does their own jobs and mine is to keep the ball out of the net. 

“If I’ve done my job then we hope that the other lads can help us out up front, but I’m happy with how I played in the first half.

“I’m used to people telling me what to do, but with the back three everyone did their jobs perfectly and if it’s done right I’m sure the under-16s can do the job for us. We change it up all the time but it looks like we can play anyone at the back and feel comfortable.

On his goalkeeping style, Roberts added: “I like to play with the ball at my feet and if I can, I look to get the ball in behind for the counter attacks because I’m more accurate with my feet. 

“It has become more part of the game to do that and sweep up the backline.”

With this being PNE’s first league win, Roberts concluded: “It has been coming for a while.

“The play didn’t always go for us in earlier games, but now it has in this game I think we can kick on and get more clean sheets and goals.”

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