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Norwich Game 'Massive' For Billy

18 April 2018

Billy Bodin has spoken of the importance of Saturday’s game against Norwich City in getting North End into the Play-Offs.

With three games to go, PNE are making a final push to get themselves into the top six and back to back wins against LeedsUnited and Queens Park Rangers have helped their case.

Bodin has played a key role in both of the recent victories and he’s now relishing the opportunity to continue his and the team’s form at Deepdale.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, Billy said: “I can’t wait for Saturday, it’s another massive game for us, one where we’ll have to work hard.

“You want the games to come as quick as they can and play as well as you can really.

“The main thing is as long as we do and stick to what the manager wants us to do there’s no reason why we can’t get a win.

“This is massive for the fans at this time of the season, especially so close to the Play-Offs after we dropped points and people wrote us off and we’ve always been bouncing back in there.

“Hopefully it’ll be a massive crowd and they can be the 12th man helping us get a win.”

Billy found himself straight in the starting Xl when he arrived at Deepdale in January and he started his PNE career brightly, but he also had to deal with being taken back out the side. Since regaining his spot he has been as influential as anyone in converting the good performances and results to match.

“I got thrown straight into the team when I came and the gaffer was right to pull me out of the team and give me rest because I had just caught up with myself and I was feeling it a little bit.

“That happens in football, I’m not going to be angry not being in the team, we were doing well at the time anyway. It was right to pull me out and to get back into the team was what I wanted.

“When I first came I was probably a bit cautious of doing a bit too much on the ball. The longer I’ve been here I’ve realised what the gaffer wants and the certain aspects of the game that he wants me to do.

“In the Reading game I got quite a lot of the ball; what the manager wanted was to get wide and get balls in the box and thankfully for me I created a lot of chances and I thought we were unlucky not to win the game.

“Then it was the same at the home game on Tuesday, I felt like I got on the ball a lot and I won the penalty.

“Going on to Saturday I didn’t get the ball as much but I was happy to help create the first goal with Darnell.

“It was something the gaffer touched on before the game he wanted them to push on more and thankfully he made a great run, I played him in and Callum was there to tap it in.”

The Welshman was given a further boost after making his Wales debut last month after being handed his first cap by new boss Ryan Giggs in China over the last international break, and Bodin is looking to apply his experiences to life at PNE.

“It’s a great experience to go away with him and the likes of Bale another one who’s probably one of the best wingers in the world.

“It was great for me, I watched Ryan Giggs growing up and supported Man United so to go away and be coached by him was unbelievable.

“To be on the same pitch with both of them is just fantastic and something I can learn form and from each trip I hopefully go away on I can learn something new and bring it back here.”

You can watch the full interview with Billy Bodin by clicking on the video above.


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