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Seani Says Confidence Is High In PNE Camp

26 August 2021

Sean Maguire says he and his team-mates are full of confidence heading into this weekend’s game against Swansea City.

PNE go into the Championship fixture after picking up consecutive wins in the past week against Peterborough United and Morecambe.

With those victories coming after three defeats, Seani was pleased with the performances the squad put in, and that’s built up the belief going into Saturday’s tie with Swansea.

“I thought performances up to this stage actually haven’t been that bad,” Seani told iFollow PNE. “But especially against Peterborough on Saturday with the number of chances we created, I think the 1-0 scoreline flattered Peterborough.

“I thought we created over a dozen good half chances and we could have walked away with the game being four or five-nil, and we followed that up again on Tuesday [against Morecambe].

“It was an entertaining game for the neutral, but again it was good to get two wins on the bounce now, no matter the opposition, and we’re confident going into the game on Saturday against Swansea.”

He later added: “Getting the points on the board now just breeds confidence within the camp, the manager, staff, players and fans. We’ll be heading into the game just full of confidence and that’s what we all live and breathe for.”

The Swans arrive at Deepdale under new management this season, with head coach Russell Martin taking over at the beginning of the month.

In the early stages of his time in South Wales, he has been trying to implement a playing-out-from-the-back style of play, and that may give PNE the opportunity to operate a high press.

Seani said: “I remember speaking to one of my mates who plays for Blackburn. They played them in the first game of the season and they said they played a different style of football to many other teams in the division.

“Then again I’ve seen them live on TV against Sheffield United and at times they do take risks, and then other times they take risks and it can be a bit tricky for them because they get caught.

“So the manager will be looking to capitalise on that and us as players will have to just work on the training ground to counteract on that and see if we can make them make mistakes, put them into situations where they’re not comfortable and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”

Fans will, of course, again be inside Deepdale, and Seani told iFollow just how important their presence has been so far this season.

“It’s been brilliant,” he added. “I think that was the first game I’ve had at Deepdale in about a year and a half with fans actually inside.

“Football hasn’t been the same without them, I know a lot of players have come out and said that, but I think the tempo of the game has changed dramatically with fans being back inside the stadiums.

“When fans weren’t there it could almost feel like a friendly, but having fans now, even away fans, it creates more of an atmosphere.

“On Tuesday night, a little local derby, I think there were 1,700 Preston fans, it felt like a lot more. Hopefully that can continue and crowds can keep coming to watch us and the supporters will keep coming if we keep winning games so hopefully that can continue.”

You can find Seani’s full interview on iFollow PNE on the video at the top of this page.


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