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Robbie: “The Performances Are Definitely There”

20 August 2022

After a fourth goalless draw of the Championship season, Robbie Brady believes that “the performances are definitely there” from Preston North End’s perspective but admitted goals are needed to push the team on.

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Match Report: PNE 0 Watford 0

20 August 2022

Ryan Lowe’s side battled hard until the very end against the recently relegated Premier League team, having ten shots with four on target, but could not claim the all-important goal.

However, this is once again another crucial Championship clean sheet to mark five games without conceding - with full credit to the hard work of the defence. 

Speaking to iFollow PNE, Robbie said: “Defensively we’ve been excellent as you can see from not conceding a goal in the first five games, so it’s definitely something to build on.

“Our performances are there but maybe we need a goal now and we push on again.

“Some lads are in there [the dressing room] almost having a disappointing feel to it because we didn’t get the goals and a win - but you take that.

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“Like I said, the performances are definitely there and it’s [the Championship] wide open this season - I don’t think anybody’s going to run away with it and we’ll be looking to put ourselves in the mix.”

The Irishman was awarded the EPIC Risk Management man of the match award, selecting the Galway Hospice as his chosen charity and additionally making another £500 donation to the St Francis Hospice in Raheny. 

North End finished the game with 49 per cent possession but double Watford’s shots on target, with four to their two.

Asked what could be missing up top, Robbie added: “I think just some stronger luck.

“We just need something to fall for us and bounce but we had a good chance in the first half - the ‘keeper pulled off a good save.

“Maybe we didn’t create as many chances as we have done in the previous games but we created enough to score. 

“Disappointing overall, but it’s still positive.”

Robbie and his team-mates will continue to do all he can to turn the one point into three going forward.

He added: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game coming into it.

“[Watford have] got Premier League experience, and some very good players, but I thought that we gave a good account of ourselves.”

Watch Robbie's post-match thoughts in full on iFollow PNE.

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