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Storey On First Championship Start

29 September 2018

Jordan Storey was disappointed that he couldn’t mark his first Championship appearance with at least a point as North End were beaten 3-2 against West Brom this afternoon.

After impressing in midweek in the Carabao Cup against Middlesbrough, Storey came back into the side this afternoon as part of back three alongside Paul Huntington and Ben Davies.

The No. 14 described the feeling of making his first start in the league for North End and spoke of relishing the experience of coming up against the Championship’s best. 

“It was a great experience and a pleasure to make my debut in the Championship," said Storey. "It’s unfortunate that we’ve got a defeat but there’s plenty of positives to take out of the game.

“It’s good to play against the best as it steps up your game as well so it’s always great to play against the best players.

“I’ve just got to keep pushing on and on now and hopefully become a regular, or if not be around the squad still. You’ve got to take it game by game and you learn something new every game, particularly at my age, in games and in training - I’m learning something new everyday and I’ve just got to keep building on that.”

On the game itself, Storey felt that the scoreline was a harsh one on the Lilywhites as Jay Rodriguez effort, an unfortunate own goal from Ben Davies and a Dwight Gayle free kick was enough to earn the spoils for the visitors.

“As a team in the first half, I thought we were brilliant,” added Storey after the game. “We’ve had a few unfortunate goals go in against us but really as a whole there’s a lot of positives to take out of the game so we keep our head held high. 

“We’ve had chances, we’ve been just unfortunate with the goals. There’s the free kick and the own goal so we've been unfortunate but our luck will change eventually. 

“We’ve deserved to come away 3-3 at the very least.”

Storey and his teammates will focus their attention to Tuesday night’s encounter away to Aston Villa, another experience which the 20-year-old is relishing alongside experienced players in his position. 

“There’s some massive teams and some great grounds in the Championship,” added Storey. “It will be another good test and hopefully we can bounce back. 

On the experienced centre backs at the club, Storey continued: “They’ve played loads of games and they’ve got lots of experience and hopefully they can pass their knowledge on to me which helps.”


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