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Harrison Full Of Pride After Cup Progress

22 January 2019

Academy manager Nick Harrison spoke of his pride in his team after the U18s progressed in to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

North End ran out 3-0 winners in a dominant performance at Deepdale, knocking out category one academy side Norwich City in the fourth round.

Speaking to iFollow PNE after the win, Nick said: "I'm absolutely made up for the team, I thought they absolutely worked their socks off all game. Obviously we are really proud of them, getting a cleansheet and we scored three goals, maybe four with the disallowed one as well, but we are delighted with them.

"I think it epitomises what this club is about and that's what we've just said in the changing room, you look and the result and performance of the first team on Saturday and then you look at this, I think it's what the club is about.

"The work rate, the togetherness, working hard for each other and scoring goals. It's brilliant to get the cleansheet today and score the goals and it's a really pleasing performance today."

The Lilywhites were impressive on the night, and Harrison was pleased to see his side take their chances at crucial stages in the game to secure what was a comfortable victory in the end.

On the goals, Harrison continued: "Adam gets in the right places in the box, I think if he gets in the box more often he will score more goals. I think we started really well, we had two or three chances and I thought we deserved to be in the lead and it's a really cool finish from Adam for the first goal.

"We don't score many from set pieces and we do try and work on them and we ask the centre halves to get in and amongst it, Lewis Earl has done brilliantly to get his head on it, it's a good guided header as well and it was a great time for us to get the second goal. It gave us that two goal lead which means at half-time we can try and tweak a few things.

"It was excellent refereeing for the third goal, having seen it on the video it's the right call. The game was really frantic in the second half, I don't think the snow helped, I think it made it difficult for the players to see and get their foot on the ball." He added.

"Norwich were 2-0 down at half-time so we knew they were going to come at us and what we needed to do was weather the storm, which I thought we did well and I think we showed some good quality to get the third goal with a good move.

Next up for the young Lilywhites in the competition is another chance to play at Deepdale with Bury the visitors in the fifth round, a game Nick feels is another exciting opportunity for his players.

"We play them on Saturday so that will be an interesting one. We've played them twice already, we've drawn both but we lost one on penalties in the cup. It's going to be a really tough game, Bury produce players, they get players in to their first team so they have got a really good group of players.

"So I think it's going to be another difficult tie but one that I think our players should be looking forward to, they should have a bit of belief about them, they can play on Deepdale again under the lights, in front of spectators so it will be a game that everyone is looking forward to."

Watch Nick's full post-match interview on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.


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