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DJ Confident PNE Can Take Their Home Form On The Road

24 August 2019

Daniel Johnson is confident that PNE can continue their fine home form and extend that to playing away from Deepdale.

PNE have won all of their three home games so far this season, scoring eight goals in the process while only conceding two.

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Johnson has played a key part in that success having netted four times already, including two penalties in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, Johnson said: “Ultimately it was about putting a performance on today and getting a win on the back of the win of Wednesday night.

“We always say that we don’t want to be beaten at home. We know we’re the home team and it’s on us to go out there and put a performance in. Hopefully we continue that and better our away record.”

Saturday’s victory puts North End in the Play-Off spots at this early stage, something which Johnson is happy about.

“Last season we didn’t start particularly well. We were bottom of the league at one stage so it’s really important that we pick up points early on.

“We know we’re going to kick on and put a lot of results together and get some wins on the road as well, so it was very important for us today to continue that home record.”

DJ has been executing the number 10 role in recent games for Alex Neil’s men – a role which Johnson is enjoying – as well as his responsibilities from the spot.

Talking about his role, DJ said: “I really enjoy playing that position. I’m not really bothered about where I play on the pitch, but particularly that position gets me further up the pitch and closer to the opposition.

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“We’re both confident [DJ and Gallagher] to step up and take a penalty so it’s just a conversation of who fancies it at the end of the day. Obviously, the way things are going I want to step up and take responsibility but if he wants it on the day there’s no problem.”

Alex Neil made four changes for Saturday’s game, highlighting the quality and depth in the squad.

“The competition in our squad is really, really strong. Anyone can come in and play that role and do a job at the end of the day.

“You saw [Josh] Harrop come in the other night and I thought he did really, really well. Obviously he was unlucky to miss out today but like I said before the depth in our squad is really good and competition is really high which is a key thing for us.

“We’ve got ambitions to be in the Premier League, so hopefully we can continue this run and you never know what will happen at the end of the season.”

Watch the full interview on iFollow PNE above.


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