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Roberts 'Over The Moon' With Cup Victory

19 January 2017

U18s goalkeeper Callum Roberts was on form once again in the FA Youth Cup as PNE overcame Everton at Deepdale.

After having only a few saves to make during the game, the young 'keeper really stepped up in the shootout, saving two and scoring one to help secure North End's place in the fifth round of the competition. 
 
Speaking of the penalties, Roberts said: "I like to think of myself as an ok penalty taker and obviously they won't know previously where I have put the penalty and it's a confidence thing with myself, I would rather do it than watch someone else do it. 
 
"I think I am quite confident in taking penalties and I obviously had fresher legs than the rest of the team at that time. 
 
"As soon as I saw the lad coming up he didn't look confident and he new it was a pressured situation and it was to win the game and when I saw the ball go my way I just got hold of it and it's one of the best feelings ever and then luckily we have got through to the next round with that next save. 
 
After an early goal was enough to beat Sheffield United in the last round, a similar game plan of being hard to beat and working hard saw the young Lilywhites come out on top and Roberts was delighted with the result. 
 
"We set out with a game plan that we had previously against Sheffield United, we knew we would be under pressure but we stuck to the game plan and worked as a team and we are over the moon with the result. 
 
"The game opened up in extra time, and we knew it would, the legs get tired and people get cramp. Everyone is used to playing 90 minutes but it's cup football and you've got to be able to play 120 minutes.
 
"The mental side comes into it at that stage, you've got to dig in until the last minute."

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