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Alex Wood On A 'Brilliant' Night For The U18s

2 February 2017

Young winger Alex Wood was full of praise for his teammates work ethic as they reached the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.

The young Lilywhites overcame AFC Wimbledon at Deepdale to see PNE progress to the last eight for the first time in over 50 years. 
Wood, who scored the winner on the night, was impressed with the way all those involved worked hard to get the win against the Dons. 
Speaking to PNE PlayerHD after the final whistle, the 17-year-old said: "It's brilliant, all of the lads just battled until the end. We made a few mistakes and let them get back into the game but it was just great by the lads, the subs that came on as well it was great by all of us.
"We were in front and let them get back in, they are a good physical side but all of the lads just battled hard and that's how we won the game really. 
Wood came off the bench to net the winner in extra-time, and was pleased with the impact made by the substitutes on the night, something manager Nick Harrison has asked for. 
"Nick said to us all before kick-off to get involved, make an impact and that happened," Wood continued. 
"Tom did really well and made an impact and won the penalty, Harry Garstang came on and did really well and then the likes of Michael Howard and the lads on the pitch carried on going until the end.
Next up for North End is another home game against either Stoke City or Brighton and Hove Albion, who play their fifth round tie on Friday 3rd February. 
With another chance to impress at Deepdale, Wood and his teammates won't mind who they get in the next round. 
"All the lads love playing at Deepdale it's brilliant so we are looking forward to playing here again in the next round and hopefully we can do the same again. 
"After that win we don't mind who we play in the next round whether it's Stoke or Brighton. We will keep playing the same way, working hard, and I'm sure we can win again. 

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