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Hughesy Looking Forward To Another Away Day

24 February 2022

Andrew Hughes is looking forward to another day on the road as Preston North End look to extend their positive run away from home this weekend.

PNE have taken ten points from their last four games away from Deepdale, and this weekend it’s a trip to the West Midlands to face Coventry City.

Ryan Lowe’s men will again be backed by another strong following, with around 2,500 supporters making the journey.

Speaking to iFollow, Hughesy said: “Our away form is really good at the minute. I think with the travelling fans going down there making a lot of noise, that will be a big help, so we’re looking forward to it.

“When you have that many fans going to away games it almost feels like you’re taking over the ground, but they’ve been a really good help in our recent away games.

“Again [it is] another team in form and it’s going to be a tough game. I think if we take the performance we did against [Nottingham] Forest, and hopefully try and hit the back of the net, we can cause them problems.”

Saturday comes after back-to-back games at home, which saw Reading leave Deepdale with three points before PNE were held to a goalless draw against Nottingham Forest in what was a very positive performance.

“It was important to bounce back,” said Hughesy, “although we probably should have won the game against Forest.

“We felt that was a good performance and kicked us on going into this weekend.

“Forest are a really good side, they’re on a bit of a run at the minute, but going back to what I said before with the Huddersfield game, I think we were a bit disappointed at the end of it that we didn’t get more out of the game.

“Look, that Reading game we all know wasn’t good enough and it was a bit of a kick in the teeth, so it was important to bounce back.”

The 29-year-old defender has spent the majority of the season playing as the left-sided defender in a back three, but on Tuesday he started at left wing back.

Shortly into the second period, though, he was pushed back to a more central position following the injury picked up by Patrick Bauer.

Hughesy added: “I’ll play wherever the gaffer asks me to play. It took a little bit of trying to get my bearings in there but I enjoyed it out there.”

You can watch the full interview now on iFollow PNE.

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