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Van Den Berg Pleased To Make Full Debut

24 February 2021

Sepp van den Berg said he was happy to make his full debut for Preston North End in the goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers.

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The on-loan Liverpool defender felt the Lilywhites played well in the first half and was pleased to keep a clean sheet on the night, but said there is work to be done to turn the point they earned this evening, into three in future outings.

The No.2 told iFollow PNE: “We played well, especially the first half. We created a lot of chances. I’m happy with the clean sheet but unfortunately, we didn’t score and didn’t get the win, but I think we played well and hopefully we can win the next game.

“I think especially the first half, we were really good. We tried to play forward, we played forward, we did well, created a lot of chances.

“Second half – I don’t know what it was, we did what we did in the first half and you could see it didn’t really work. We should be happy with the first half and work from that to the next game.”

Traditionally a centre back, the Dutchman admitted the right back role in which he was deployed against the Rs was a little unfamiliar – at least of late – but felt he did well on the right flank of the defence.

“I’m happy to make my full debut today and right back, it’s something different than I’m used to, but I’m happy with my performance and hopefully I can play a lot more games.

“I’ve played there a little bit when I was in Holland, but mainly I’m a centre back, but I can play there as well so I’m available.

“I think that’s why the gaffer played me there; they played with five at the back, so our full backs got spare players.

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“I tried to use the ball as well as possible and I just felt that first half me and Greg did well, but second half, I think I’d be do it better. I’m happy with the first half.”

The youngster added that the side from the capital came into things more after the break, and that while the Lilywhites could have won it, the point on the board is better than nothing.

“Second half, they were more [on the] front foot than us I think, they played more in our half and then you have to stay back a little more. I’m a centre back so I can defend so I think that’s help as well and that was needed today.

“That’s the most important; if you keep a clean sheet, you don’t lose. The three points are what you want but at the end, one point is better than zero. I think that is what we did great today, we defended well and created chances as well but we need to finish those and then we can get three points.”

Watch more from Sepp on iFollow PNE.


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