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Ryan Ledson Lauds ‘Terrific’ Support

26 January 2022

Ryan Ledson praised the “terrific” PNE fans who were in fine voice all evening at The Hawthorns as they watched their side come out 2-0 victors.

North End were supported by a packed-out away end as they took all three points home to Lancashire thanks to goals from Emil Riis and one on his debut for Cameron Archer.

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Speaking to iFollow PNE, Ryan said: “It was brilliant. It’s always good winning away from home and the fans have come in their numbers again on a Wednesday night.

“I thought they were terrific. Hopefully we can get them all back to Deepdale on Saturday and we can get another win.”

North End headed to the West Midlands looking to bounce back following the weekend’s defeat against Swansea City.

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Ryan Lowe’s men started the game strong, coming close on a couple of occasions, before Riis netted his 14th of the season in all competitions to open the scoring.

He was then replaced later in the game by Archer, who came on for his PNE debut after joining on loan from Villa on Monday, and he found the back of the net to seal the three points.

Ryan added: “I thought we needed it after Saturday’s performance. Obviously the lads stuck to the game plan and I thought we were the better team and deserved three points to be honest.

“I think we just frustrated them. The crowd were a bit on their back so it was a good result for us and a much needed three points.

“[In the first half] we created a few opportunities, a few half chances. I think we should have had a penalty with Emil.

“I think the goal then really settled us down and we thought ‘we can take it to these now’. Then the second half we started well, obviously we got the second goal and then we’ve got to kill the game then.”

With the victory, PNE became the first side to take three points from The Hawthorns this season, and Ryan feels it says a lot about the team, as do past performances in similar circumstances.

He added: “We went to Bournemouth and won, we went to Sheffield United and I know we drew 2-2 but we should have won there.

“This team’s got quality and I just think it’s about every week performing to our best and if we do that we’ll get up the table.”

Hear more from Ryan in full post-match interview on iFollow PNE.


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