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Ched Looking For Momentum In Busy Run

13 January 2022

First Team News

Ched Looking For Momentum In Busy Run

13 January 2022

Ched Evans is hoping he and his team-mates can create a bit of momentum over the coming weeks, with a busy run of fixtures approaching.

Preston North End host Birmingham City at Deepdale, and that match marks the first of nine games in the next four weeks.

That’s with PNE now catching up on the fixtures lost due to Covid-19 around the Christmas break, and Ched is hoping to see the side take advantage of the points on offer.

Ched told iFollow PNE: “I feel like the schedule’s been a bit mental in regards to Covid and games being postponed. It feels like we’ve not really had chance to get into the swing of it like training, game, training, game.

“It’s been a bit broken, but two wins on the bounce has got the lads buzzing. To build on that and keep going and get a bit of momentum without any interruptions would be nice.”

In the games that North End have managed to play since Ryan Lowe came in, it’s been two wins from two in the Championship.

There have, with the training ground being shut down for a period, been times where the new manager hasn’t had the chance to implement his new style of football, but the past few weeks have given him the chance to do so.

“Training’s been really good,” added Ched. “It’s been positive, it’s been more attacking emphasis; getting in the box, crosses, shots and creating chances.

“I think if you look at the last two games we spoke about not leaking goals being a big priority so he’s worked quite a bit on a good defensive structure.

“Two wins on the trot is proving in just a short amount of time that the emphasis he’s bringing in to the squad is really positive and now he’s going to get more time to work on all aspects of the pitch which is only going to benefit us as a team.

“I’ve said before, there’s so many talented individuals, we all work hard for each other. When the penny drops and we all come together as one, we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Birmingham are the team in PNE’s way on Saturday afternoon, arriving at Deepdale on the back of a difficult run of form which has seen them win once in their last nine games in all competitions.

33-year-old Ched is refusing to underestimate them, though, well aware that they will need respecting.

“The Championship’s such a mad league you can play teams in form and out of form. I think every single game in the Championship is a really tough game no matter who you play.

“There are quality players in the Championship who can turn games around on their day so I think for us we go into it the same we’re going to approach every game and that’s about us and how we’ll win the game and applying ourselves right and if we do that we’ll be fine.”

Hear more from Ched in his full interview on iFollow PNE.

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