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Frankie's Full Focus On Morecambe

23 August 2021

Frankie McAvoy’s full focus is on tomorrow night’s cup tie against Morecambe before his side start thinking about a return to league matters at the weekend.

Preston North End make the short trip to face the Shrimps on Tuesday evening for a 7.45pm kick-off in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Following that game will be the visit of Swansea City in the Championship on Saturday, the last game before the international break, but the head coach stressed all attention is on tomorrow’s game first and foremost.

Asked whether he hopes to take momentum into the break, Frankie said: “That’s what we’re hoping. I’ve said before our task is to go and win games, that’s what our job is, and we’ll try and put out a team tomorrow night that is capable of going to win the game, that’s what our ultimate aim is.

“I’ve said to the lads let’s not get looking too far ahead, our task now is the Carabao Cup second round away to Morecambe.

“We’ll put all our efforts, endeavours, hunger and desire into trying to win that game.”

PNE will be backed by a sold-out away end filled with 1,764 supporters and Frankie thanked the fans for their 'brilliant' support.

In facing Morecambe, North End are coming up against a side recently promoted into League One, and so far they’ve taken four points from as many fixtures.

“It’ll be a tough game," added Frankie. "Stephen Robinson’s been and done really, really well. He was excellent in Scotland with Motherwell, he did extremely well up there.

“He’s a good experienced manager and he’s got his team very well organised, very structured, difficult to beat, and to be fair it’ll be a tough game.

“They knocked Blackburn out in the last round. I said when we played Mansfield Town, these games are all tough, you’ve got to earn the right to go and win and I expect nothing but a really hard game tomorrow night.

“I know we’ve sold all our tickets to go there which is absolutely fantastic for the Preston fans and I just hope we’re capable of delivering a positive result tomorrow night for them.”

The Lilywhites head into the fixture after earning their first three points of the season at the weekend in a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United.

Frankie offered an assessment of his side’s performance in that game, feeling the scoreline on another day could have been much more emphatic.

He said: “I thought in the first half we were excellent. We really took the game to Peterborough and when you watch the game back, which we’ve done, they’ve hardly a chance in the first half.

“Probably the only disappointing thing is that it’s 1-0 going into the 95th minute and they get an opportunity, and if they score that then everybody’s going away clutching at their heads.

“We just need to be a wee bit more clinical in the final third but there were a lot of pleasing points from the game.

“They were asked to go and deliver, make sure we go and get the three points and to be fair to them they did that.

“So it was pleasing that we won the game. There’s bits that we can work and improve on, and hopefully we can do that in the coming days and later in the week for Swansea, and tomorrow night we’ve got the important game against Morecambe in the Carabao Cup.”

Frankie's full interview is available to watch on iFollow PNE at the top of the page.


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