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Ryan Relishing Terriers Test

7 February 2022

Ryan Lowe says he is “relishing” Wednesday night’s Championship game at Deepdale against Huddersfield Town.

Preston North End return home after away trips to Millwall and Hull City in the past week, with four points gained from those two fixtures.

In their way midweek stands a Huddersfield Town side who sit fifth in the table following the weekend’s fixtures, but the manager is clear that the focus remains on themselves rather than their West Yorkshire opposition.

Ryan said: “It's always important to get back-to-back [wins], but there’s a team standing in our way.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re on it. The game plan started on the way back on Saturday from Hull, and today and tomorrow that will continue, and then obviously [we’ll do] the final little bits on Wednesday.

“We’re under no illusions. It’s going to be a tough ask, we know that, because of where they are and what they’re doing Huddersfield, but it’s one we’re relishing.

“If you get back-to-back wins in this league it’s massive for you. That will be the aim, and it’ll be Huddersfield’s aim for them to win as well, but what we’ve got to do is worry about ourselves. If we do that then we’ll have every chance.”

The Terriers arrive at Deepdale in fine form and no doubt full of confidence, having not tasted defeat in all competitions since the end of November.

Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberán opted to make a number of changes for his side’s Emirates FA Cup victory over Barnsley at the weekend, so Ryan is expecting them to be fresh on Wednesday.

The boss added: “They are in good form, they’re a good team with a good manager, with some good players.

“They play a different style in terms of they can play football and they can mix it up, but we’re in good form as well and they’re coming to our home turf so we’ve got to make sure we can put on a performance like we have been doing.

“We’ll massively respect Huddersfield for where they are and what they’re trying to achieve, but we’re trying to achieve our goals as well, so it’s going to be an exciting game I think.”

Four of PNE’s last five games have come away from home, but the Lilywhites can now look ahead to a run of three games at Deepdale in the next two weeks.

On returning to Deepdale, Ryan said: “I can’t wait. The travel’s horrendous sometimes, but every club’s got to do it.

“What we’ve got to do again is make sure that we can do our bit on the pitch, get the fans fired up, have them sing right through and help us because they’re the 12th man at times this season helping us through.

“When you’re at home you always want to make it a fortress and it’ll be no different Wednesday night.”

Hear much more from the gaffer in his full interview at the top of this page.


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