Preston North End’s young centre half Jordan Storey is acclimatising to life at a new level of football.
The 20-year-old has started the last few games and is settling in to the new challenge after his summer move from Exeter City.
Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of Brnetford’s visit to PR1 the No.14 says he was enjoying the new challenge, learning from his more experienced opponents and developing understandings with his defensive partners.
“The Championship is a quick tempo game and if was always going to take a couple of games to get used to the speed of it, but I am enjoying it,” he said.
“I have come up against a lot of players I can learn from. Chris Martin is not an athlete, but he is clever in the things he does – he is a smart player and it is good to be tested like that, it is something different.
“[His centre half partners and he] are learning each other’s games. It is going to take time, but it is going okay so far and the more games we have together, the better the understanding will be.”
The decision to award a penalty against Jordan late on in Saturday’s game looked harsh on inspection of the footage after the match, but he feels the team’s reaction was a real positive.
“It was annoying,” he continued. “The ref didn’t see both sides of it, but these things happen in football and you can’t keep looking back at it; it is great we responded well to it and got a goal.
“The team has got a great spirit about them to come back from it. As a group we don’t slump when something goes against us, we have got that desire to get back and really fight for the game.
“The fact we were team going for the winner at the death says everything about us. We are desperate for that win and will try anything to try and get it. We always come back fighting.”
The team have now picked up five points in their last three games and with two home matches this week, are looking to make further progress up the Championship table, having moved out of the bottom three at the weekend and Storey is targeting a good haul of points from this Deepdale double-header.
“We are unbeaten in three now and we want to keep that going. It is another chance to try and get three points. We are at home and we want to climb the table and we will be giving it our all.
“Two games at home are a chance for the fans to get behind us and for us to push on as we compete for six massive points which could propel us up the league,” he added.
Hear more from Jordan in his pre-match interview on iFollow PNE by clicking on the video above.