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Frankie McAvoy On Hundred Up Potters Clash

15 April 2021

Preston North End take on Stoke City for the 100th time in league encounters this weekend and interim head coach Frankie McAvoy wants it to be a century success for the Lilywhites.

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He takes his side to the bet365 Stadium looking to build on four points against three of the top four teams since taking over from Alex Neil.

The Scot spoke to iFollow PNE to look ahead to the short trip down the M6 and said that he hoped with the 100th game, his team could be on the right side of history.

“They are great clubs, they have got fantastic history and our task is to try and win that 100th game,” he told the club’s online channel.

The hosts, under Michael O’Neill have flirted with the top six this season and Frankie says they are an experienced group, but he will not be spending too much time thinking about them.

“They are very well organised,” he continued. “He has got experience up front, with Steven Fletcher – a Scottish international; they have good players in the middle of the park with Jon Obi Mikel and Nick Powell and defensively they are pretty strong.

“They are a decent team, so it will be a difficult game, but we will go and do the best we can and try and win it.

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“If I think about what they have got though, I won’t get the best out of the boys that we have got in our dressing room and I’d rather focus more on what we’ve got.

“We have got a young, hungry group in there, with a bit of experience that have been in the Championship for a number of years and are desperate to do well in these remaining five games.

“That’s what I am focusing on and hopefully we will get the best out of them on Saturday.”

And he says that the players have given him everything in training this week and even after the reversal against Brentford, they have seen the new week as an opportunity to put things right.

“They have been great. They give us everything in training and when they give their all, you can’t ask any more of that.

“We are hurting from the result last weekend, but time is a healer and we will dust ourselves down and we have a chance on Saturday to go and rectify that and hopefully it is not a chance missed.

“What we try and instil is to try and be the best that you can be on training and on matchdays.

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“We are trying to focus more on us, being as comfortable as we can on the ball when we have it, being as structured in trying to get the ball back as quick as we can and trying to be as clinical as we can, creating opportunities and hopefully scoring goals,” he added.

You can hear more from Frankie in the interview at the top of the page, just click on the video as he discusses Declan Rudd’s return to training, Ched Evans’ new contract and his important role with the other strikers and more.

You can watch the game live and listen to former PNE central defender Michael Jackson on iFollow PNE this Saturday, when he joins Jonathan Breeze for full-match coverage from approximately 12 noon, live and exclusively for UK and Irish residents. Click here now to purchase a match pass for £10.

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