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Josh Harrop Delighted To Score And Help PNE Back To Winning Ways

18 January 2020

Josh Harrop was delighted to be on the scoresheet for a third game in a row, but more importantly he was happy for PNE to get a first win in six.

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Preston North End vs Charlton Athletic Match Report

18 January 2020

Alex Neil’s side were 2-1 winners at Deepdale over Charlton Athletic, with Josh scoring North End’s first goal in superb fashion, finding the top corner from the edge of the box with his left foot.

The midfielder has struggled with injury at times during the season, so he’s happy to be back to full fitness and playing a big part.

Speaking to iFollow PNE after the game, Josh said: “I’ve scored three in three now; when I’m hitting it, it seems to be going in.

“I’m delighted it’s a left footed one as well so I’m happy with it. I was out for five weeks with a hamstring injury which sort of broke it up a bit for me. I felt like I was in good form before that and then I’ve finally got back in the team and scoring goals again so I’m happy.

“[To be top goalscorer] that’s good as well considering the amount of starts I’ve had. I feel like I’ve contributed quite a lot with some goals.”

Harrop then turned provider for the match-winning goal which came from Patrick Bauer who headed home against his former side in the 52nd minute.

Harrop said: “I just wanted to stand it up in an area where I know big Pat can come onto it because if he is coming on to head the ball, you don’t want to get on the end of that because he’s a big fella!

“I want to see him celebrating but he’s got to be respectful because that’s a team he’s played for. To score the winner he’ll be delighted inside, all the lads are delighted we got the three points so we’re happy.”

Bauer wasn’t the only man to score against his former side this afternoon, though, as Andre Green returned to Deepdale and opened the scoring five minutes into the game.

It’s not the first time PNE have conceded early on in recent weeks and Josh recognises that the issue may need addressing.

He added: “It seems to be happening quite a lot recently, teams getting early goals against us and putting us on the back foot. We need to sort of nip that in the bud and try and prevent that from happening because in a lot of the games we’ve dominated, it’s just a matter of conceding early and then we’re on the back foot.

“But I thought we were great today. I thought we responded well, we bounced back, we’ve won the game, we’ve got our three points now we need to move forward.”

Next up for PNE is a trip to Barnsley on Tuesday night, an opportunity for the Lilywhites to make up ground on the play-off places as only other three matches are being played midweek.

“Now we’ve got three points we’ll go into that game more confident and pushing for another three points and that’s what we want to do.

“We want to go there Tuesday night and hopefully push up the table.”

Watch Josh’s full interview with iFollow PNE by clicking the video above.


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