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Focus Returns To League Action For Maguire

11 October 2017

PNE striker Sean Maguire returned to Springfields on Wednesday after his time away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Maguire joined up with the senior squad for the first time and went on to make his debut against Moldova and was unsurprisingly in high spirits on his return to the training ground ahead of the trip to Fulham.

Speaking to iFollow PNE about his experience with Martin O'Neill's side, the 22-year-old said: "From joining Preston North End to making my debut here, getting into the team and playing every week, playing in massive stadiums and obviously scoring my first goal and doing well in the league.

"Getting called up to the senior squad for the national team was a dream come true and I was one step closer to my dream of represtenting my country and I'm over the moon that it happened last Friday against Moldova.

"To soak up that atmosphere and for the crowd to be singing my name throughout the game, even just getting on for ten or fifteen minutes was a dream come true and the adrenaline is still pumping through my body just thinking about it.

"Now I've had the first taste of international football I am just hungry for more.

The focus now switches back to Championship action and PNE for Maguire, and despite two tough away games next up for North End, the Irishman is confident the team can pick up points.

"I will get stuck in straight away and that's away to Fulham now and another big game. They are flying as well, they are a very good team.

"We have a big five games before the next international break and the gaffer will set us a target of how many points he expects from us.

"I feel that against these bigger teams away from home we perform at our best. We went away to Middlesbrough and Leeds and got a point at each and we've gone away to Hull and Birmingham and taken six points from those games.

"People will probably expect us to go there and sit back but we will be going there to get the three points.

"The way the gaffer has us playing, we play on the front foot, press the other team, we excite the fans and we will be looking to do the same on Saturday.

"Fulham like to play out from the back and it will be a very exciting game for the neutral and hopefully we come out the other side and bring the points back to Preston."

North End will be backed by more than 1,500 travelling fans at Craven Cottage, and Maguire feels they've played their part in the side's away form this season.

"They've been brilliant this season travelling in their numbers, in their thousands away to Hull and again this weeken there's potentially 2,000 coming.

"It's great for us when the fans travel to the games, obviously the home crowd get behind the home team but our fans have been brilliant.

"Especially this season with us doing well away from home, they've been our 12th man away from home and hopefully we can continue that this weekend."

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

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