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Josh Earl: "We've Got To Get Through This Rut"

17 August 2021

Josh Earl said the Preston North End squad will stick together to get out of the “rut” they currently find themselves in.

PNE were beaten 1-0 away to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening, with Sepp van den Berg inadvertently putting the ball in his own net.

That led to the third defeat of the Championship season for Frankie McAvoy’s side, but Josh, who made his first appearance of the campaign, has every faith that he and his team-mates will get out the other end of this run.

“We all know we’ve got to perform better at times but tonight we did that,” Josh told iFollow PNE.

“The goal in itself is a really unfortunate goal to take. Sepp’s done brilliantly to get back and it’s just unfortunate, and it happens, and it’s bad luck at the moment.

“One day that doesn’t go in and we might go on and win the game. If we get a goal early on it’s a completely different game, so I just think we’ve got to get through this little rut that we’re in, and we will get through it, and I think we’ll come out the other side shining.

“We’re lucky that we’ve got the group that we have that will stick together. We’ll big each other up and keep each other going because without that it’s a lot harder, but we’ll go again on Saturday.

“The lads are devastated now but we’ll get over it. We’ve got a couple of days to get over it and we’ll get ready for Peterborough.”

After recent games, head coach McAvoy has urged his side to defend better and for large parts of Tuesday’s affair, they reduced the hosts to very little, with goalkeeper Daniel Iversen without a shot to save.

But the goal conceded came in unfortunate circumstances, as the on-loan van den Berg tried to nick the ball as Duane Holmes charged in on goal, only to poke it beyond Iversen.

“It’s very tough [to take],” added Josh. “I think we performed well at times, we had a couple of good chances.

“I don’t think they had a shot on target, so the way that the goal’s gone in is a tough one to take.

“I think we defended quite well in all. Sepp’s done brilliantly to get back for the goal as well, he’s just unlucky. It’s unfortunate and I think we’ve got to take some positives from the game.

“Although everybody’s absolutely gutted, there are some positives to take.

“We did have a good few chances. I think on our day if one of them goes in, if two of them go in it’s a compete different game obviously. I think at the moment the lads are absolutely devastated with how the game’s gone but there are some positives to take from that game, like the chances we created and how we played with the ball at times.”

Watch Josh's full interview on iFollow PNE at the top of the page.


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