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Gaffer Looking To Right Reading Wrongs

21 February 2022

Ryan Lowe is looking for his Preston North End side to right the wrongs from the defeat against Reading when they face Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

PNE fell three goals behind at Deepdale against the Royals at the weekend, before netting twice in the second half to offer a glimmer of hope, but ultimately they couldn’t find an equaliser.

Now looking towards another home game on Tuesday, the manager is ready to put that defeat behind him and look to improve for the Forest game, as North End come up against a side pushing for the Play-Offs.

On Forest, Ryan told iFollow PNE: “Steve Cooper’s done a fantastic job since he’s come in. He’s a top man and a good coach.

“His team are very well-drilled, very well-coached and it’s going to be another tough encounter for us.

“Whether you’re playing Reading who are down at the bottom or Forest up at the top, every game is a tough game in the Championship as we well know.

“So we’ll respect Nottingham Forest for what they are but ultimately we’ve got to put on a show as we didn’t especially in the first 30 minutes on Saturday, and it’s up to us to put those wrongs right.

“We’re expecting a tough challenge because they’re a good team.”

Following that defeat to Reading, PNE were back at the training ground on Sunday for a debrief on the game.

Ryan was pleased with the attitude his players showed to take “accountability and responsibility” for what was just a second league defeat in the league since his arrival.

He said: “It was good, an honest reflection on the game, on the stuff we didn’t do as well as we should.

“As I’ve said, they’re an honest group of boys. They’ve been doing fantastic since we’ve come through the door.

“Two losses out of 12 is not bad. We obviously lost in the first 25 or 30 minutes the other day if you ask me, but that’s the first time that’s happened and hopefully that’s the last time. They’ve been fantastic.

“The debrief was constructive and they took it on board, and they’ll go about their business today in training in the right way, with a smile on their face and then we look to another game against Nottingham Forest.”

In his last pre-match interview, Ryan confirmed Josh Murphy had stepped up a return to training with the first team squad.

This game will come too soon for the Cardiff City loanee, though, as he continues the final stages of his recovery.

Ryan added: “He still needs a couple more days Josh. He’s been training hard, working hard in training, after training as well doing extras.

“He’ll probably be available for Saturday for the Coventry away game and then after that I think we’ve got a game on Tuesday against Fleetwood at Euxton so we can get him some minutes in that and we can keep an eye on him from there.

“But he’s on the mend; he’s on the way back so hopefully quicker rather than later.”

Watch the manager's full interview now on iFollow PNE.


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