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Ryan On Getting ‘Simple Things Right’

28 December 2022

Ryan Lowe is looking for his Preston North End side to get back to “doing the right things”, starting with Thursday’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

PNE head to The Hawthorns for an 8pm kick-off following back-to-back defeats at home to Queens Park Rangers and Huddersfield Town respectively.

Speaking after the latter fixture, which saw the Terriers come from behind late on to take the three points, the gaffer was disappointed in the manner in which his side played.

He knows they will have to reach much higher levels against an in-form West Brom side on Thursday, in front of a sold-out away end of 2,000 PNE fans.

Ryan said: “I’ve found out the fans have sold out the away end, so we’ve got to perform and we’ve got to go on and put on a show.

“We’ve got to do the simple things right and not try and do things we’re not good at.

“Whether it’s hitting 30 or 40-yard diagonal balls, or passing balls when someone’s behind or close to you – we’ve got to make sure we play our football the way we’ve played since I’ve been here.

“I think in the last couple of games we’ve come away from one or two aspects of trying to get the ball up the top end of the pitch.

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“We don’t want any fighting balls sent six foot or ten foot in the air for people to go and challenge for.

“Ched [Evans] is brave and gets hold of the ball, but we want to make sure we play football on the grass and that’s what we’ve got to get back to: doing the right things.”

While home form remains a concern, there are certainly no questions over PNE’s performances on the road so far this season.

The traveling North End faithful have watched their side take 21 points from 11 games away from Deepdale, which is the second best record in the division going into the next round of fixtures.

Ryan said: “We’ve got to keep building on that because if we don’t keep building on the away form then we won’t pick up many points because at home at the moment it’s not going great.

“We need to find a solution for that. We’re trying; I’ll put my hand up I don’t know what it is.

“I’ve said all along we want to give the fans something to shout about but we’re not doing that at the moment, but the away form’s been good so long may that continue.

“Then we’ll obviously try and find a solution next time we’re back at home to try and put that right.”

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