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PNE ‘Feeling Really Good’ Says Ben

15 August 2022

First Team News

PNE ‘Feeling Really Good’ Says Ben

15 August 2022

Ben Whiteman says the PNE squad are “feeling really good” following last week’s victories over Huddersfield Town and Luton Town.

North End had kicked off their season with two goalless draws, before beating the Terriers 4-1 and then coming away from Kenilworth Road at the weekend with a 1-0 victory.

The Lilywhites now return to Deepdale on Tuesday night to face Rotherham United as the only side in the division yet to concede so far this Championship season.

Asked how the squad are feeling, Ben told iFollow PNE: “Obviously feeling really good. Obviously it’s an unbeaten start to the season and going off the back of two wins last week.

“It’s a massive bonus. Looking at the four games, in the Wigan game we had the best chances, same with Hull.

“Then Huddersfield came along and we put them to the sword, and obviously Luton was a different type of game, but one where we dug in and got the three points.”

Those two victories – as mentioned by Ben – came in very different circumstances, with the win at the John Smith’s Stadium being a dominant performance from start to finish, whereas the game at Kenilworth Road saw PNE have to really dig in to come out on top.

“There’s different ways of winning a football match,” added Ben.

“At Huddersfield I thought we passed the ball really well and then you go to Kenilworth Road and it’s a tough place to go.

“You’re not going to get much time on the ball, but we showed a different side to win and one that’s a little bit sweeter for the boys really.”

Tuesday night’s meeting with the Millers is the first part of a double header at Deepdale this week, with Watford next to make the journey north on Saturday.

Over 14,000 home fans were in attendance at the opening home game of the season against Hull City, and Ben is looking forward to playing in front of that support once again.

He said: “The first home game was an amazing turnout and one that we can hopefully keep doing.

“It definitely gives the lads a buzz and an extra lift, and hopefully we can put on a performance and try and get the three points.

“I’ve always said it, when the fans are behind you it does give you that extra lift.

“Like I said, hopefully they can turn up in their numbers again tomorrow night – I know it’s a Tuesday night – but hopefully they can do it and get us over the line.”

You can watch Ben's full interview for free on iFollow PNE above.

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