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Finlay Wallbank On 'Deserved' Win

27 March 2022

Finlay Wallbank felt the U19s deserved their win as they defeat Carlisle United 1-0 in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

A last-minute winner from captain Harry Nevin saw North End walk away with all three points in the sun at Springfields.

Against a team battling with North End at the top of the table, the Lilywhites were able to make it nine wins in a row and Wallbank was pleased to see his side come out on top.

Speaking after the game, Finlay said: “The team deserved the win. I thought through the whole game the team played pretty well.

“We defended really well as a unit, myself, [Harry] Nevin and [Kian] Best and kept another clean sheet which was really good.

“We just struggled to find that final bit of quality to put the ball in the back of the net, but we kept on going, kept breaking them down and we got that all important goal.”

The defender had an involvement in the winner and says set pieces are something the team practice a lot on the training ground.

“They [set pieces] are massive in games. After match prep we always look at set pieces so that everyone knows what they are doing, they can win games just like it did for us today.”

This win marked nine in a row for the U19s and they currently sit three points clear at the top of the table with three games in hand on second-placed Carlisle, and 15 points ahead of Blackpool in third who are level on games with the Lilywhites.

"We just need to keep going as a team." Wallbank continued. “We're confident as a group but we're not getting over confident, we're not getting complacent.

“We have just got to keep training hard as a team and just keep proving it on the pitch that we deserve to be at the top of the table.”

PNEU19 are back in action next weekend as they travel to Oldham Athletic as they look to make it ten wins in a row.


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