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Tom Stead praises U18s' determination against Accrington

2 November 2016

Preston North End U18s defender Tom Stead said the team were determined to get something from Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Accrington Stanley.

The first year scholar played at centre-back in a close game where the Lilywhites were forced to work right until the end for a point, which came courtesy of Akwasi Kwateng’s 93rd-minute header.

Speaking about the team’s performance, Stead said: “I thought we were the better team all over the pitch, but we could have taken more of our chances and defended their goal better as well.

“We could have done better and put more into the game with our work ethic. Our passing was decent but I think we could have worked harder.

“We were determined to get at least a point or three out of the game. We always keep going until the end and everyone put a good shift in.”

Stead has only recently returned from a bad injury but has now started the U18s’ last three games while performing well. He added: “I had an operation on my knee for tendonitis and I was out for a while, but it’s been good getting back into the team and now it’s good to be playing.

“I didn’t have my worst game today but I could have done better in some places too, such as my passing and I might have been able to score as well.”

The defender went close with a header late on against Accrington and has looked a constant threat from set-pieces in recent games. Stead explained: “It was a good header; I could have put it more in the corner but it was a good save from the ‘keeper. 

“I work on that sort of thing a lot in training so I want to score some goals for the team this season.”

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