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Greg Sees Progression Under Ryan Lowe

20 January 2022

Greg Cunningham feels PNE are progressing under Ryan Lowe and he’s hoping they can extend their unbeaten Championship run under the new manager this weekend.

Since Ryan was appointed, North End have gone without defeat in their four league games, taking two wins and two draws.

There has also been a change of style, too, and Greg feels the side have taken on board the new ideas and that’s clear in the performances on the pitch.

Greg told iFollow PNE: “Every manager comes in and they have different ideas and you have to get on board with it.

“I think it’s shown in the league that we’ve progressed under Ryan Lowe so we just have to keep the run going.

“There’s so many games this month, we need to rack up the points and see where we are come maybe the second week of February after this block of games calms down a little bit.

“You can’t lose focus on the game at hand. I think everyone was happy with how we reacted for the second half against Sheffield United and got a good point, so now we’re concentrating on Swansea and after that then it’s West Brom and after that it’s Bristol City.

“But we take each game as it comes because although there’s games coming thick and fast we have to concentrate on the task at hand.”

That task this weekend is a trip down to South Wales to take on Swansea City, and they enter the fixture without a win in their last five games, but that run stretches back to the end of November after they lost almost a month of games to Covid-19.

“They’re a great club,” said Greg. “They have their philosophy there and Russell Martin is getting them playing a certain way.

“They’ve had a tough time fixture wise with their games being called off. They haven’t played much football, so you could look at it one of two ways: that they’ll be fresh champing at the bit, but some might say with them not having games they could be a little bit fatigued and not match sharp.

“But we won’t be taking anything for granted. It’s a tough place to go, we know what they’re about and we need to focus on ourselves and make sure we put in our performance and get the result.”

PNE will no doubt take confidence into the weekend from Tuesday night’s dramatic draw against Sheffield United.

Goals from Alan Browne and Emil Riis earned a late point for the Lilywhites, despite playing almost a full hour with a man less than their opposition, and the Deepdale crowd have been praised by many in the North End camp for spurring the side on.

It looked for a while that the fans wouldn’t be able to travel to Swansea this weekend, but supporters can now attend following a change in Government rules.

Greg added: “You go from even the Cardiff game a few weeks back when there’s no one at the stadium to the place rocking on Tuesday night.

“It was freezing so credit to the fans. They showed up in their numbers and they really spurred us on in the second half to get a result.

“We know what we have in the changing room. It’s just instances like that sometimes we almost have to let ourselves know how good we are because we have the talent and we have the togetherness and the team chemistry, and I think the character we showed on Tuesday night was exceptional.”


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