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Dan Feels PNE Are Heading In Right Direction

3 March 2022

Daniel Iversen looked back fondly on PNE’s victory over AFC Bournemouth earlier in the season and feels the side have gone “in the right direction” since that point.

North End became the first team this season to take three points from the Cherries when they faced them at Vitality Stadium in November.

Ben Whiteman and Ali McCann were on the scoresheet that day, and the Danish goalkeeper also came up with a big save in the game’s closing stages to confirm the victory.

He told iFollow PNE: “We won 2-1 in the last game we played against them away, so it was a good result and it was the first away game we won [in the league] this season so it’s a good memory.

“It was so important for us to get three points and also playing away, and I think we were quite under pressure in the second half so it’s good looking back.

“It gave us some confidence but we lost 3-0 the next game so it was a little bit too up and down at that time.

“We would win and we’d lose and not really put a run together, but I think now we’re going in the right direction.”

The upturn in form has come mainly since the appointment of manager Ryan Lowe in December, with PNE only having lost twice in the Championship since that point.

He has brought with him his own style, and Daniel feels he and his team-mates have become accustomed to it now, but there is still work to do.

“I think we play some good football at times,” he said. “But we need to do it for the whole game.

“Sometimes we start badly in the first half; we did it against Coventry. I think the first 20 minutes we didn’t play the football we want, but further into the game we played that football we want.

“So now we’re trying to do it for the whole game, but it’s difficult when you play against good teams.

“It’s not always easy to do that, but I think we have improved a lot since he’s come in.”

In PNE’s way this weekend is an AFC Bournemouth side who currently sit second in the division, looking good for an automatic promotion spot.

For the Lilywhites, though, they sit 12th and seven points outside of the Play-Off spots.

“We cannot speak about the top six,” Dan added. “Of course we want to be there, but we have to win our games.

“We cannot look up there so our focus is on taking as many points as we can and see where we end up, as high as possible.”

Watch Dan's full interview for free on iFollow PNE above.


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