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Maguire Happy To Be Back

27 October 2017

Sean Maguire is happy to be back in contention after a brief spell on the sidelines through injury.

The striker missed last weekend's trip to Wolves with a hamstring injury, but after returning to full training this week, the Irishman is ready for a return.

Maguire is hoping North End can return to winning ways at Deepdale after a month without a home game for North End, and the 23-year-old is looking forward to being back in front of the Deepdale faithful this weekend.

"The last time we played at home was against Sunderland, we haven't kept a cleansheet in a few games so it would be great to get back to winning ways and keeping cleansheets like we've been doing all season.

"Obviously we are back in front of the home crowd as well, they've been great for us this season, we've had a a very good home record so far this season and the way the gaffer has us playing this year really excites our fans and hopefully they will come down in their numbers and get behind us this weekend.

On his recent injury, Maguire continued: "Injuries haven't come to often for me, it's my first muscle injury since I actually started playing professional football. When it happened at Fulham I didn't really know what to think, I didn't know how serious it was.

"Thankfully it wasn't too serious and I was back running in a couple of days, it would have been a bit of a risk against Wolves but I'm back fully training this week. When the gaffer picks the team, hopefully I will be in it and hopefully I can get back to scoring ways and winning games."

"Maybe in the long run it will help me a bit towards the end of the season, having a little two week break. I haven't really felt fatigued though or tired yet and I've been enjoying my football. I have just got to take it game by game now and see where that brings us."

Maguire's injury came half an hour in the clash with Fulham, and despite only being on the pitch 30 minutes, the former Cork City man scored one and set up another in an impressive performance at Craven Cottage.

On that game, he added: "I think that was probably the best 30 minutes I've played, from the start of the game I felt it was going well and felt that if I was on the pitch on I could have scored a couple more but it's one of those things.

"Everything happens for a reason and maybe this little break will do the world of good for me but I'm just happy now to be in and amongst the boys in training and back fit. Hopefully we can start his really important week with a win on Saturday." 

North End have been unlucky not to have picked up more points on the road in the last two games, but Maguire wants the side to get back to their winning form from the start of the season this weekend.

"The performances have been there, but at the end of the day you want to be winning games and not just performing well, but we've been scoring a lot of goals. We just want to get back to what we were doing at the start of the season, keeping cleansheets and winning games.

"We have a big week coming up now with two home games in four days and then Ipswich away on the Saturday before the international break so it's a big three games coming up for us. The most important game is the next game and we will be looking to get back to winning ways and scoring goals like we have been doing."

The Lilywhites sit just one point outside of the top six, and with just two points between North End and the four teams above them in the league, Maguire knows wins in the next two games could help the team climb the league significantly.

"It's a bit of a crazy league, you can win a game and you could move four or five places up the table, if you drop points, even if you draw, you can see yourselves gradually moving down the table.

"We just need to concentrate on this game, we know what we are good at and that's winning games on our home patch. At home I would fancy ourselves against anyone in this league. Brentford have really good players, we've been working on them during the week and they have players who can hurt us. We won't take them lightly but we fancy ourselves against anyone at this league and that's the case again tomorrow."

Away from Deepdale, Maguire had a close eye on the World Cup play-off draw last week with Republic of Ireland drawing Denmark in the two-legged play-off for a place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Maguire made his debut for his country last month, and on the draw, the striker said: "I fancy ourselves against any of the four teams countries, I feel that when any Irish team needs to step up in any important matches they always turn up and get a result.

"Denmark are supposedly the most weakened side out of the four that we could have got but I don't so at all, they have players who can hurt any team. There's no doubt that the gaffer Martin O'Neill won't treat them any differently to Croatia, Italy or Switzerland.

"It's another step towards the World Cup, Ireland haven't been to a World Cup in a pretty long time and it would be great for the country, the players, the staff and the fans to get there and we are only two games away from that.

"I just need to concentrate and be focused, I have a job to do at Preston, without looking too far ahead with the international set up. I need to keep performing well to the standard that I feel I should be performing and helping the team as much as I can.

"That's by working hard, creating goals, making assists and obviously scoring the goals. That's what I will be looking to do in these upcoming games and try and catch the eye of the manager and do what I do best and that's scoring goals."


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