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Confidence Growing For Billy

22 February 2018

January signing Billy Bodin feels he has settled in quickly at Deepdale and is relishing life in the Championship.

The 25-year-old has started the last eight games for the Lilywhites, and feels he is adapting well to the challenge of the Championship.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the visit of Ipswich Town on Saturday, Bodin said: "It has been a good couple of months for me, I think I have settled in quite quickly.

"The longer the time has gone on my performances have got a bit better, I've probably got a bit more used to the way the manager wants us to play and especially a bit more used to Championship football.

"You have to go into anything being confident really, sometimes I am not doing things I was maybe doing at my previous club and the manager says go out there and be confident and do what you were doing, because that’s why we signed you.

"Sometimes you have just got to be as confident as you can. At times, do what the manager wants you to do and if that’s doing what I was doing before then so be it."

North End's last two games have seen Alex Neil's side battle against two of the high-flying teams in the division, and although both games have ended in a draw, the Lilywhites were arguably the better side on both occasion, something Bodin feels the squad can take plenty of positives from.

"The wolves game was quite tough, especially going down to ten men; but if we didn’t go down to ten men we would definitely have had a great chance of winning.

"That’s the reason I came to play here, to play against teams like that, to challenge teams that are top of the league.

"It is a great experience for me, we should have really taken all six points from those two games. The Wolves one, we went down to ten men and it was tough, so I did not really get much of the ball in that game.

"I think Tuesday night, the Villa game, the manager has already said we were the better team and unlucky really.

"We had a lot of chances to put the game to bed but we didn't take them, obviously the penalty is a bit soft, so we were disappointed. But we played some great stuff that night and we have to keep our heads up."

This weekend sees a different challenge as 14th placed Ipswich Town come to Deepdale, but the forward knows North End will need to approach the game in the same manner they have done in the last two to get something out of the game.

"A lot of people will probably have us down to win the game, especially after the last couple of weeks we have had and the performances we have put in.

"I think we just have to go into it like we have been going into every game and just do what the manager wants us to do.

"I am sure we will be working on it on the training ground and hopefully come Saturday the tactics will come off and we will be walking away with the three points.

"It is going to be a tough game, I think all games are going to be tough in this division but if we do stick to our game plan there is no reason why we shouldn’t be winning."

Watch the full interview with Billy on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.


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