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Andre Green Pleased To Open His Account For PNE

13 August 2019

Andre Green was happy to score his first goal for PNE on his full debut on Tuesday evening.

Green, who joined North End on loan from Aston Villa earlier in the month, made his first start in a White shirt in the 4-0 victory over Bradford City.

It took the winger just 13 minutes to open his account for the season as he volleyed home a Tom Clarke cross with precision.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, Green said: “I’m delighted with my first goal. I think now I’ve got one, hopefully I can get off and running.

“I was happy to score so early. I said to myself before the game I need to get a goal early because then it would give me the confidence for the whole game.

“I kind of sensed that Clarkey was going to put it in the box; it was a great ball. I just gambled and thankfully I connected with it well and put it in the bottom left corner.”

Alex Neil made 11 changes from Saturday’s 3-0 win against Wigan Athletic, so Green was not alone in wanting to give the manager a decision to make.

“We needed to go into the game trying to give the manager a headache going into the weekend. It’s going to be a tough trip to Swansea, but we need to do everything we can as individuals.

“I think we’ve all done ourselves proud today to give the manager a headache, so we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We all worked our socks off to put ourselves in this position.”

Playing a side lower in the Football League can always bring the risk of complacency, but the squad made sure they didn’t underestimate Bradford.

Green told us: “I’ve been on the back of defeats in games like this where you kind of take it for granted and don’t respect the opposition. But today the gaffer just told us we need to stay focused and that’s what we did.

“They were on top for a few minutes (after the break) so we had to adapt and stick with the game plan. I think it got lost a little bit coming out and we weren’t focused as much but as soon as we got that third, we were set to get another one.”

917 PNE fans were in fine voice after making the journey to the Utilita Energy Stadium – something which Green was appreciative of.

“You don’t get that in many places or at many clubs. You could hear them throughout the whole game. It’s a massive stadium as well so you expect them to have quite a few but you didn’t know they were here.

“Our fans were terrific I knew that coming to the club and long may that continue.”

Watch the full interview on iFollow by clicking on the video above.


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