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Sepp Loving Regular Game Time

7 April 2022

First Team News

Sepp Loving Regular Game Time

7 April 2022

Having featured in all but one league game so far this campaign, Sepp van den Berg feels he’s enjoyed a “successful season” which he is hoping will end strongly.

After spending the second half of the campaign at Deepdale in 2020/21, the Liverpool defender returned on a season-long loan last June and has since been a key figure in the PNE side.

Sepp has only missed one game in the Championship – the visit to Blackburn Rovers in December – and he’s learned a lot in the meantime.

“I think playing wise, it’s been a very successful season,” Sepp said to iFollow PNE.

“I’ve played almost everything, even the cup games, and that’s why you come out on loan as well to play as many games as you can.

“Minutes wise it’s been excellent. I’m still feeling well and I still want to play six more 90 minutes so let’s see if I can do that.”

The Dutch defender and his teammates head into the weekend’s fixture against Queens Park Rangers no doubt full of confidence after their victory over Blackpool midweek.

After a day off on Wednesday following the game, Sepp admitted that Euxton is a happy place to be right now.

Sepp added: “Of course when you walk in everybody is still happy about Tuesday. It was an important game for us playing at home against Blackpool, everyone is still buzzing about the win, so all happy here.

“Last year I was here as well, but they were not in the Championship. Of course we lost unfortunately at their place earlier in the season, so winning this one was very important.

“Walking on the pitch and even yesterday watching the pictures back and seeing so many fans in the stadium so loud is what you play for.

“It’s definitely one of the highlights of the season.”

QPR come to PR1 this weekend looking to get back on track in their search for a Play-Off place after a difficult run of results.

Mark Warburton’s side came out on top in the reverse fixture between the two earlier in the season in a tight contest at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Sepp said: “I know we lost 3-2 but I think we should have won, so it’s a nice game for us to get revenge on them and hopefully get the win.

“I think we have a very good record at home anyway, so winning this one [we are now] trying to get a few games winning on the bounce.

“Again playing at home is way better in my opinion with all the fans and everything, so we should take advantage of it and hopefully get the win against QPR and keep continuing it until the end of the season really.”

Away from PNE, the 20-year-old has recently been away with Netherlands U21s, starting both games against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Victory against the latter – group leaders at the time – has now put them in a great position to qualify for next summer’s European Championship.

“I played both games so that was very nice,” he added. “We’re top of the group now and I think in June we have three more games so if we win all those we’re top of the group and quality for the Euros next summer.

“There’s a lot to play for in the summer break but it was a very good trip, I enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to June.”

You can watch Sepp’s full interview on iFollow PNE above.

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