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Louis Moult Looking For Away Day Repeat

6 August 2018

Preston North End striker Louis Moult led the line for the Lilywhites in their opening day victory at home to Queens Park Rangers.

And the No.9 wants last season’s away form to continue as they start the on the road campaign with a long trip to the Liberty Stand to face Graham Potter’s Swansea City this coming weekend.

Speaking to iFollow PNE as the players began their preparations for the clash with the Jacks back at Springfields, the Stoke-born forward felt is was a performance that deserved the victory against Steve McClaren’s men.

“It was a clean sheet, three points and all in all I thought we played well,” he told the club’s online TV channel.

“Especially the first half, we moved the ball and we created chances. We maybe lacked that final shot on target or clear-cut chance, but that will come. It is the first game of the season, but I thought we played really well.

“Personally, I really enjoyed it. I felt a lot fitter and stronger – which I knew would be the case after I completed a pre-season – and that helped me.”

His own role in attack was still a work in progress as he builds relationships with those around him, with the supply line learning where he wants the ball and him learning where their passes are usually heading, but he feels there is plenty to work with.

“Getting that understanding on the pitch takes time,” he continued. “The more and more I play and we get familiar with each other, the better it will become. Training is different to game day, you can do all the drills and scenarios you want, but it is different in a match.

“I thought some of the link up play between the forwards was brilliant and I really enjoyed it. There is nothing like competitive football – it is hard to recreate in training; the amount of times I have done attack versus defence and you don’t really get a shot is crazy.

“In games it is a lot quicker, defenders defend differently than what they would in training, but it is up to us to keep working on it and repetition is key; the more we build these connections, the more we will be on the same wavelength.”

The trip to the principality on Saturday will be a tough early test for the Lilywhites, as they face a side who were only relegated from the Premier League last season and who started the 2018/19 season with an excellent away win at Sheffield United.

But the 26-year-old feels they can cause a surprise in South Wales: “It is another test and it is a different test. We will be prepped for it.

“We believe that if we go into the game believing, then we can go into the game and earn ourselves the result.

“We know what we are and they won’t have been used to playing against Preston North End and that’s a good thing for us. We will go there and we will aim to stamp our style on the game and I am sure it will be effective.

“Our away form was good last season and to get a win last weekend, to get off the mark and to get a clean sheet as well, was really good and if we can go away from home and do the exact same thing, it will be brilliant,” he added.

To watch the full interview with Louis just click on the video at the top of the story. In iFollow you can also find all our latest interviews, including the highlights from Saturday’s win – free to view.


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