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DJ: “We Were The Better Team”

9 February 2022

First Team News

DJ: “We Were The Better Team”

9 February 2022

Daniel Johnson felt Preston North End had enough clear-cut chances to get the winner in the goalless draw at Deepdale against Huddersfield Town.

The Lilywhites couldn’t quite find the elusive goal to break the deadlock, with the likes of Ched Evans, Cameron Archer and Emil Riis all coming close.

DJ played a key role in many of those opportunities, on what was his first start for the side since returning from international duty with Jamaica.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, DJ said: “It’s a point in the right direction, but I feel like overall we were the better team.

“We obviously limited them to not too many chances. They’re fifth in the league so for them to come here and play how well we played today, I think we deserved three points.

“I think we created four or five clear-cut chances and on another day we probably put them in the back of the net, so I think we deserved three points but like I said it’s another point in the right direction.”

While PNE’s No.11 felt his side could have been more clinical at the top end of the pitch, at the other end North End limited fifth-place Huddersfield Town to very little.

The home side kept their third clean sheet in a row, and their fourth in five matches.

DJ added: “It's a positive because that’s one of the things that we spoke about when the manager first came in, keeping more clean sheets and being more solid at the back.

“I think we’ve done very well at that. I think that’s four clean sheets in the last five games, so I think it’s a positive and we’re going in the right direction.

“We’ve just got to try and turn these type of games like tonight when we’re on top. We need to punish teams and really stick the knife in.”

A man who has punished a couple of sides recently is Aston Villa loanee Cameron Archer, who was awarded with the Sky Sports man of the match award on Wednesday evening, and DJ has been impressed with what he’s seen of him so far.

“He’s a quality player and I don’t think there’s much more to say. There’s not many instructions to give him, you’ve just got to let him play his game and as you can see today, he’s going to get on the end of things.

“Unfortunately for him today he doesn’t score, but he got the winner on Saturday and I’ve only got positives today about him.

“I think there’s a lot more to come from him and hopefully come Saturday he can score a few goals.”

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