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Cunningham Delighted With Assist

13 January 2018

Greg Cunningham spoke of his content to iFollow after his cross on 80 minutes was turned in by Callum Robinson, and admitted it was part of the game in which he wants to improve on.

“It’s vital for full backs now to really bomb on and move forward,” said the Irishman after North End’s 1-1 draw to Millwall today. "It’s part of the game which I want to improve on - getting forward.

“As a full back you need to pick and choose when to go forward. You need to be solid defensively, but you also need that attacking threat; It was great to get that assist.”

Cunningham anticipated that today’s game was going to be an aggressive encounter, with Millwall’s home turf renowned to be a difficult place to come.

“We knew it was going to be a battle today,” he continued. “We did our homework on Millwall - they go predominantly long up to Morrison and Gregory and feed off the seconds.

“We were disappointed with our first half but we battled back and got our just rewards.”

“We did have the majority of the possession but without that real cutting edge in that first half. You could see the game opened up a lot more in the second half, especially down the sides. We picked up the second balls well and we were very effective.

“We were weary of them on the break as we pushed to get that equaliser but it’s a tough place to come here and you can see why they’ve only lost three times here this season. It’s another point on the board and we’ve had a look at results elsewhere and we’re only two points off.”

With another 90 minutes under his belt, Cunningham believes he is well back up to speed fitness wise after his four months on the sidelines.

The left back added: “My fitness levels are there, it’s just getting that sharpness back. I’m sure you all can be the judge of how sharp I am or not, but I’m putting the work in and I’m not far away from where I want to be.”

Cunningham had one final word on the support he and his team mates received from the away end this afternoon, with Alex Neil’s side willed on by over 1,300 North Enders who made the journey to the Capital this afternoon.

He concluded: 

“They are real supporters and they’ve always got our backs regardless if things are going well for us or not.

“They’ve travelled all this way and it’s pretty cold so I’m glad we can give them at least something to shout about.”

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

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