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Pat Hopes Clean Sheets Keep Coming

17 February 2022

Patrick Bauer feels the recent run of clean sheets is testament to the group as a whole, not just the defensive unit.

PNE have gone the last four games without conceding in the Championship, and they are going in search of a fifth in a row this weekend for the first time since 2015 when Jordan Pickford was between the sticks.

Patrick Bauer has played the full 90 minutes in each of those last four games, which have produced eight points for Ryan Lowe’s men.

“Obviously it's our job to try and keep the ball out of our net,” Pat humbly told iFollow PNE.

“The boys have done really well. It's not just the defenders, it starts from the front so happy days, long may it continue.

“At the start it [the playing style] was a little bit different. I think we are more possession based now, more with the ball, but now we've got used to it and it shows in recent results and keeping the clean sheets.”

Trying to stop PNE in their tracks will be Reading, who arrive at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon looking for a first victory since November and hoping to push themselves further away from the drop zone.

While it’s no wins in 12 for the Royals, it’s been just one defeat in 11 for North End, but as Pat knows, anything can happen in the Championship.

He added: “The boys are confident. We've had really good results recently, we want to win our game at home in front of our supporters.

“But I guess Reading want to get all the three points [to help them] towards safety. They haven't picked up really good results recently so they are trying to win the game as well.

“I don't think their position really reflects their players. They have really good individual players, they have been struggling with injuries and stuff, but we just try to focus on ourselves and the boys are confident and hopefully we can get three points on Saturday.”

While still undefeated at home under Ryan Lowe, the Lilywhites haven’t tasted victory in Lancashire since his first game in charge, with four victories on the road coming since that game against Barnsley.

Pat added: “The away form has been really good. Now it's trying to get three points at home as well in front of our supporters and hopefully we can start Saturday.”

Hear more from Pat in his full interview on iFollow PNE above.


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