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Defence As Important As Attack For Davies

24 November 2017

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Stopping goals at one end of the pitch is just as crucial as scoring at the other for North End defender Ben Davies.

Davies missed four games after suffering with Appendicitis before making his return against Bristol City on Tuesday night, and the centre back was a crucial figure in North End's return to winning ways.

The 22-year-old provided a number of vital blocks to deny the hosts at Ashton Gate, and his celebration after each of those showcased their importance in the match.

On his defensive duties, Davies told iFollow PNE: "It's just as important as scoring at the other end because if you keep leaking goals then you're going to find it hard to win games. When you do a good bit of defending or it's a big moment in the game you're overjoyed really and it helps the team to still have a chance of winning.

"On Tuesday I got back on the line hoping it hit me and it did so it was a bit of luck more than anything.

"We would have loved a cleansheet but obviously with conceding that late, it was always going to be difficult for them to score another. It was a brilliant result, we definitely needed it.

"Personally for me, first of all to come back in to the team was great, and to help the team win was even better."

The PNE Academy graduate had been suffering with stomach pains in the week leading up to the Brentford fixture, and within a couple of days his appendix had been removed and he was looking to get back to fitness as soon as possible.

On his absence, he continued: "It started off as tummy ache and then it became unbearable really so I thought something isn't right here. Then within a day we found out it was my Appendix and within two days I was in hospital ready to have it out.

"It was quite a quick process and once it was out it was quite a quick recovery to get back and get back in the team.

"I didn't train for over three weeks so I was a little bit off it in terms of physical fitness and my body being ready so I needed a few days training to help me recover a bit more and I wanted to be 100 per cent ready if called upon."

The focus is now on Saturday's trip to Norwich City, and with the boost of a midweek win over Bristol City, the squad are heading into the game full of confidence.

"Since Tuesday we've been focusing on recovering right, I think all of the boys will be ready even though it's a long way. We picked up a good result on Tuesday so that's definitely boosted everyone's confidence so we are looking to go there and get a good result.

"With the players we've got we can play different ways and we can sit in and break on teams or we can get after them.

With our good away record we will be going to Norwich with nothing to fear, especially with stopping that rot now and picking up a couple of results on the bounce so we are looking at putting a run of form together now."

Watch the full interview with Ben on iFollow PNE by clicking on the video above.

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