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Ben Woodburn On ‘Perfect Day’ At Ewood Park

10 December 2022

First Team News

Ben Woodburn On ‘Perfect Day’ At Ewood Park

10 December 2022

Ben Woodburn called it “the perfect day” after scoring his first Championship goal in a 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

The Welshman – who scored in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season – got off the mark in the league 17 minutes in to the Lancashire derby at Ewood Park, after being played through on goal by Ched Evans.

Woodburn then played a part in setting up Evans’ first of the game, before he got another and Ben Whiteman made it four.

Asked to sum up the day, Ben said: “Unbelievable. It was the perfect day really.

“A 4-1 win in a derby game; it’s just amazing.

“It just shows what kind of a group we’ve got. We all stuck together and to put in a performance like that, it was just one of those days.”

North End were right at it from the start, and Ben’s goal came about after Ryan Ledson – fresh from signing a new deal – played a great ball through to Evans, who in turn played in Woodburn.

The 23-year-old kept his cool and sent a brilliant finish past Thomas Kaminski, before wheeling away to celebrate in front of the home support.

On the feeling of scoring, he said: “It was unbelievable. In this game as well, it was a special feeling.

“I think we were pressing well as a team and Leds [Ryan Ledson] won it back.

“He played it straight to Ched and his weight of pass was straight to my back foot, and it was a good touch to be fair, and I just stuck it away and it was a great feeling.”

At the end of the game, the whole squad – including those who missed out through injury – went over to celebrate in front of the 4,270 PNE fans who made the journey to Ewood.

Ben added: “That’s what you want, celebrating with the away fans.

“It was a good day and I’m glad they enjoyed it. We put it on for them.

“After a tough day’s work, it feels good to go over and celebrate with the fans.”

Watch Ben's full interview on iFollow PNE above.

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