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“We Have To Concentrate On The League Now” Says Billy Bodin

27 January 2018

Following North End’s cup exit at the hands of Sheffield United this afternoon, Bodin insisted that it’s all hands to the pump as far as the league is concerned with North End heading into an important run in in their quest for a place in the top six.

Bodin, starting just his second game since making the switch from Bristol Rovers in January had plenty of the ball - and looked productive at times in the final stages - and after having had time to bed into the side, Bodin admitted that he is feeling more settled in the PNE side.

“I felt a lot more comfortable today,” said Bodin after the final whistle. 

“I’ve been here nearly three weeks and I’m gelling with the lads more and more now and it’s good to get 90 minutes.

“But it’s all about the league now and hopefully we can concentrate on that and start picking up some more wins.

“People think you can come in and start playing every week but you need time to settle. There was one first half where Louis Moult made the run and I’ve tried to slide him in and it’s not come off but the more we train together, we’ll pick things up and know more about how they move and the runs they make so the more time we have playing together and training together, we’ll pick things up and take it into Saturdays and hopefully get some more points in the table.”

The deciding factor in the game came ten minutes from time when Tom Clarke was adjudged to have fouled Billy Sharp in the box, and Bodin believes PNE can count themselves unfortunate following the decision which led to the goal. 

“The lads are disappointed in the changing room. The first half we thought we were the better team and kept the ball well and did what the gaffer wanted.

“But second half they came out of the blocks early doors and caused us a few problems but the decision for the penalty has let us down.

“Clarkey's said that he’s got the ball which is disappointing but we have to pick ourselves up and go again on Tuesday.”

Despite in the early stages of his PNE career, Bodin has witnessed several away games now where North End have been backed superbly by the fans, and the No. 39 couldn’t sign off his interview without recognising them for their support this afternoon.

He concluded: “The three away games that I’ve been involved in, they’ve been fantastic and hopefully they can bring a few more on Tuesday and do what they did for us today.”

Billy’s full interview is now available to view on iFollow now.  

 


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