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Kamol Campbell pleased to make first starting appearance

22 November 2016

Preston North End U18s defender Kamol Campbell was pleased to make his first start of the season during the 2-2 away draw at Walsall.

The young defender – formerly of Walsall – had made a few substitute appearances for the Lilywhites at the start of the campaign, but this was the first time he had featured from the beginning of a match this season.

The first-year scholar helped North End to come back from two goals down to draw and said of his first starting appearance: “It felt good because I’ve been waiting for a while to get the chance and I’ve had to earn the manager’s trust, so it was good to get out there.

“I was injured in pre-season and I came back at the start of the season, but it’s just taken me a while to get into the team.

“I think I played quite well. I feel like I had to try and give the manager a selection headache.”

Campbell suggested that the team improved as the game progressed, and believed they might even have won the game despite going 2-0 down inside the first five minutes.

He added: “I think as the game went on and we created more chances, we deserved to win. But we lost it at the start really.

“It was just disappointing that we were 2-0 down so early. We just needed to switch on more quickly and defend properly.”

Overall, though, the left-back was happy to have made his return in familiar surroundings.

He concluded: “It’s always good coming back to where you used to play and you always want to do the right things. I just tried to do that and not make any mistakes.

“I don’t mind playing left-back, centre-back or wherever the manager asks me to play.”

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