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Rudd Ready For Return

5 September 2017

Declan Rudd was delighted to get 90 minutes under his belt in the Lancashire Senior Cup win over Burnley at Springfields.

North End were 3-2 winners in the first round of the competition with Alex Neil putting out a strong side for the tie.

Rudd made his return to action after suffering from an injury picked up in pre-season, and the former Norwich City 'keeper was pleased to make it through the full game.

Speaking to iFollow PNE after the win, the 26-year-old said: "The main thing in my head was just to get through the game. Seven minutes into the game at Bamber Bridge I got injured so I just really wanted to get some minutes under my belt.

"We had a good team out today and to be fair to the Burnley lads they gave us a good game and they were at it, so it's good to be back out there playing again.

Rudd almost made his comeback a few weeks ago but admits he may have rushed his return back then, given his eagerness to fight for his place in the team.

"You always get a bit carried away as a player when you're injured because you feel good and you want to get back out there and you need to listen to your body a bit more rather than your head and your heart.

"I probably did push it a bit too quickly but fingers crossed it's right now, it's going to be a nervous sleep tonight to see how I wake up in the morning but it's good to get back out there and get 90 minutes under my belt, that's the main thing."

On the tie itself, Rudd admitted that a dominant PNE side could have had the win secured much earlier in the game.

"It was a good game out there, I think we should have had the game out of sight in the first half to be honest, we had a lot of chances, we gave away two scruffy goals which could have been avoided but that's what we are out there doing.

"We are trying to get the minutes and the match sharpness to make sure that doesn't happen again and it's important that everyone got through injury free today and the squad is obviously strong.

"The lads that have been playing in the first team games have obviously been doing really well and now the lads that are backing them up and pushing them for their places have also put in a good performance. It's important to have a full squad of fit players."

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