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Ryan Talks Diaby And Trip To Millwall

31 January 2022

First Team News

Ryan Talks Diaby And Trip To Millwall

31 January 2022

Ryan Lowe thinks new signing Bambo Diaby will add something different to the Preston North End defence ahead of their trip to Millwall.

The 24-year-old defender has signed a deal at the club until the end of the season following a successful period on trial and he will head straight in to contention to feature on Tuesday night against the Lions.

On his new signing, Ryan told iFollow PNE: “He’s got a fantastic attitude and his application has been spot on.

"He’s trained on a daily basis for us; he’s looked sharp. He’s different to what we’ve got, he can play in a few different positions around the back and probably right wing back, so we’ve offered him a short-term deal until the end of the season to go and showcase what he’s got to potentially earn a longer contract.

“He’s very aggressive in everything he does. He can head it, he likes a tackle, he’s strong and he’s fast, very fast considering, and he’ll bring a bit more competition to the back lads and the right wing back position, and that’s what we want.”

It remains to be seen whether the former Barnsley man will feature on Tuesday night, when Ryan Lowe takes his side to the capital.

Millwall currently sit 15th in the table and they head in to this fixture on the back of a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Ryan said: “When you go away from home it’s always a lot harder, a lot tougher, but we’ve got to have the belief we can go anywhere and win games of football.

“We know Millwall’s going to be tough. Gary Rowett has his team set up hard to beat, with some fantastic footballers, and there’s a great history and tradition around the football club.

“The fans are very vocal and very loud which I don’t mind, along with our fans there supporting us.”

Ryan spoke openly after the weekend’s draw against Bristol City about his disappointment at his side’s first half performance.

However, he knows that the players within his squad felt the same way and they themselves will be wanting to make sure they get off to a faster start against Millwall.

He said: “I was disappointed but ultimately the players were themselves. They know the first half performance wasn’t acceptable for the standards they’ve shown already from day one of us coming through the door and that pleases me most because they knew it wasn’t good enough.

“We’ve erased that from the memory bank. We’ve had a debrief on the good stuff we did against Bristol City and the good stuff we’ve done in other games as well which we’ll continue to do tomorrow.

“If they bring that to the party then we’ve got a chance of winning any game of football and that’s certainly what we’ve got to do.

“They know we can’t have a start like we did and they’ve got to make sure they’re up for it which I’m sure they will be.

“If we continue to do what we’ve been doing of late then we’ll be fine; we’ll win more games than we lose.”

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

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