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Scoring is a bonus for Youth Team defender Jack Burgoyne

3 October 2016

Preston North End U18s defender Jack Burgoyne has said scoring during the 1-1 draw with Wigan on Saturday was an unexpected bonus for him.

The second year scholar was part of the defence which kept Wigan out for most of the match, but was also the man who put his team ahead with a well-executed header early on in the contest.

On getting the goal, Burgoyne said: “It’s great getting a goal, it’s not usually a part of my game but it’s still a great feeling. It’s a bit of a bonus for me to score.”

However, the centre-back’s overriding emotion was one of disappointment, as PNE conceded just a minute after that goal. Burgoyne added: “Conceding straight after the goal was gutting for us.

“We switched off. We were too caught up with ourselves and thought we would have had it easy after that goal. We’ve been caught on the counter attack from kick off and unfortunately conceded the goal.”

Burgoyne wished Lewis Fensome, his centre-back partner on the day, well after he suffered an injury, and also offered his thoughts on playing alongside Akwasi Kwateng for the remainder of the game: “I’ve obviously played with both Lewis and Akwasi before and know them both well. 

“I’m gutted for Lewis and it’s a shame he got injured. Awkwasi filled in well, though, and I think me and him play well together. We train with each other every day so we know each other’s game.”

On the team performance, the defender said: “I thought we were OK in the first half but in the second half we dominated and were the better team. 

“We created the most chances and should’ve scored one or two to get the win but we didn’t quite manage it, but they didn’t really look like scoring. We played well as a team in terms of our passing and defending, it’s just a shame we didn’t get the winning goal.

“I think we deserved to win. The boys put a good shift in, particularly in the second half. We worked hard and passed it well but just couldn’t take our chances, and that’s something we’ll look forward to doing in the next games now.”

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