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Dan ‘Really Happy’ At Deepdale

28 January 2022

Just over 12 months on from making his Preston North End debut against Bristol City, Daniel Iversen admits he’s “really happy” at Deepdale as he prepares to face the Robins again on Saturday.

The Danish goalkeeper arrived at PNE in January 2021 on loan from Leicester City and immediately impressed between the sticks, and the club managed to bring him back again in the summer for the 2021/22 campaign.

He’s already racked up 52 appearances in a North End shirt, with the first of those coming against this weekend’s opposition.

Dan told iFollow PNE: “It feels like a really long time ago now. I remember that game, we lost 2-0 I think which was not good but it’s a new game now and it’s at home so I cannot wait to play that game.

“I’ve been really happy here. There’s some good people around the club and all the players, and that’s why my decision was to come back in the summer and I’ve taken another season here.”

In his time with the club, he’s worked under three different managers, all of whom have asked different things of the shot-stopper.

Under Ryan Lowe, he has had to adapt his game again, with North End looking to see more of the ball compared to previous regimes.

He added: “We have a different style of play now and it starts with me. I have to make the decision if we play out or to go long, so if we can we have to play short but it’s my decision really. It affects me a lot.

“I enjoy it. I tried to play it before with the national team and in Belgium so it’s one of the plays I enjoy to play but I also have to practise.”

In his last game, there weren’t many questions asked of the 24-year-old, as PNE reduced Play-Off pushing West Brom to zero shots on target.

That meant the side took their first clean sheet since the 2-0 victory over Luton Town in October.

“It was a good game for me,” added Dan. “It’s what you need as a ‘keeper, I didn’t have anything to do.

“The whole team did really well, I don’t think they had any shots on target so it was a good day.

“I can’t take the credit for the clean sheet, we have this whole team to do it. They didn’t have any shots on target so it’s credit to the team to not let the ball come down to me so it’s perfect.

“It was so important [to respond to the Swansea defeat] and also we followed the game plan against West Brom, and when we do that we’re such a good team and we showed that.

“But we don’t have to do it against the biggest teams only, we have to do it against every team.

“It’s frustrating sometimes because we’re not building good games together, but hopefully we can do that now and keep going.”


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