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First Goal Pleases Sean Maguire

9 September 2017

Sean Maguire spoke to iFollow this evening after grabbing his first competitive goal for the club since making the switch from Cork to Preston.

North End fans are already familiar with Maguire's goalscoring exploits having seen the forward score in his first outing at Deepdale in the friendly against Burnley last month, yet it was the first time the Irishman has found the net in a competitive game for North End so far.

The goal could have been met with relief as well as delight for Sean who has certainly shown what he is capable since joining the club last month, but decided to focus on his blossoming partnership with Jordan Hugill when he spoke to the club's media channel after the game. 

"I think Tom's put it on an absolute plate for me," said Maguire on his first goal.

"I've just stuck my head on it and it's glanced into the bottom corner. Myself and Jordan I think work really well together with that big and small man combination, and you could see that today; we created chances and created space for each other and that's something we can build on heading into Tuesday.

"I thought it was a really good performance from us today."

The referee's final whistle brought to an end a frantic finish to the game, with North End, willed on by their supporters looking to grab that all important winner; the chances were there with Maguire himself getting on the end of one, but the result concluded with honours even.

"We created the chances and it will be different if we weren't getting into the positions to create those chances," stated Maguire. "We got ourselves into the lead and it was a bit of bad fortune with their goal.

"Darnell Fisher's tried to clear it and it's gone off their man and gone in - obviously at the end we had a couple of chances including mine at the end.

"Callum (Robinson) had a chance and Hunts' effort was going in - I think it hit Stephy's face - we just needed that bit of luck but it's a good performance and we've got an important week now with two big games against Cardiff and Birmingham away next Saturday."

Focus quickly turns to Tuesday's fixture where North End welcome Cardiff City to Deepdale, and Maguire is looking for the Lilywhites to continue with their momentum as they look to preserve their unbeaten start at Deepdale.

"They've had a great start," said Maguire on Tuesday's opposition.

"I'm not sure how they've done today but there's no easy games in the Championship and I've come to terms with that and I'm only five games in.

"Obviously, the so called bigger teams we've gone to them and played them off the park and then we've just got to treat every game the same and every team the same and that will be no different now coming in to Tuesday."

For more reaction from Maguire as he speaks of ROI Assistant Roy Keane watching over him at Deepdale this evening, watch the video on iFollow now.


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