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Hugill Hopes For Villa Repeat

31 October 2017

The last time Jordan Hugill played against Aston Villa he scored PNE's goal of the season and he’s looking to add to his goal tally against the Villans on Wednesday.

A double from the striker saw North End fight back from two down at Villa Park last season and he also scored in the 2-0 win at Deepdale earlier in the campaign.

It’s a fixture Hugill was looking out for when the fixtures were announced in the summer and he’s been looking forward to testing himself against some big names.

“It’s a game that you looked out for on your fixture list because it’s an ex-Premier League club, it’s a big club and obviously the games last season we were quite successful in.

“It’s a game I’ve been looking forward to and hopefully I’ll add to my tally of scoring against Aston Villa, I got three against them last season and hopefully I can improve on that this year.

“You see someone like John Terry, he’s a Champions League winner, he’s won almost everything in English football – if not everything.

“It’s something that you want to test yourself against the best players and, for me, there’s no better challenge than testing myself against an ex-England captain. I’m looking forward to it and I’m sure a lot of the lads are looking forward to it as well” Jordan told iFollow PNE.

Improvement is very much the focus in the squad, learning from what went wrong on Saturday and getting the right result. The prospect of playing under the lights is also something that excites PNE’s number nine, who made his 100th PNE appearance on Saturday against Brentford.

“We’re not one for sitting a dwelling on what’s happened. We’ll just go and try and improve and work on what went wrong and then we’ll go again. We’re quite notorious for getting a loss and coming straight back so hopefully we can get back on track on Wednesday.

“There’s nothing better than playing at night for me. I love it being dark, the floodlights on and then there will be a big atmosphere as well.

“For me personally, I just love it, it takes me back to the days when you’re playing at night with your friends in my local team, it’s a brilliant feeling.

“It’ll be a tough game because Villa have hit a good patch of form at the minute, hopefully we can disrupt that and we can do it in front of a lot of people on the night.”

Watch the full interview with Jordan Hugill by clicking on the video above.


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