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PNE Enjoying Control Of Games Says Ched

10 March 2022

First Team News

PNE Enjoying Control Of Games Says Ched

10 March 2022

Ched Evans feels Preston North End have enjoyed “real control” during recent games and hopes for more of the same against Cardiff City this weekend.

PNE head to South Wales looking to build on their recent form, especially away from home, having picked up ten points from their last five matches on the road.

It’s only just over two months since North End were last at the Cardiff City Stadium, having been knocked out in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup there, and the Bluebirds also came on top in the reverse league fixture at Deepdale.

Ched told iFollow PNE: “It’ll be a good game for us to go in to. Obviously we had two poor results against them in the past, but off the back of Saturday’s win the lads will be up for it and looking forward to it.

“I think we have a better idea of how we’re going to play: attacking football and keeping more control of games.

“I think the last four games we’ve had real control of the game. Coventry was obviously unfortunate, but if you look at the past four games, and the actual control of the game, I think we’ve done really well.

“Take Huddersfield, you can see they’re wasting time and making defensive substitutions because they were happy for a point, which I think is credit to us and how we apply ourselves at the moment, so we take that into Cardiff and hopefully have a repeat of Saturday.”

The Welsh forward has been involved in each of the last 15 matches for PNE, more recently starting up front alongside Aston Villa loanee Cameron Archer.

While Ched hasn’t got himself on the scoresheet in that spell of games, he offers plenty at the top end of the pitch, often being the one to kickstart attacks.

“I think as a striker you’re merited on goals,” he added. “I’ve said before I enjoy assisting goals and getting the play going at the top of the field, but I feel if we created better scoring opportunities at the top of the field the goals will come.

“Not just for me, but for Cam, Emil, Scott, Sean, Pottsy, Sepp. I think if we commit players into the final third and sustain good possession up there we’ll be scoring goals left, right and centre.

“For me personally, it’s always nice to get on the scoresheet and take opportunities when they’re presented.

“At the moment I’m enjoying being the link man, slipping people in, and doing the not so pretty things, and if it helps us perform better and get results, for us as a club and as a team, three points are more important than scoring a goal and boosting your ego.”

North End make the journey to South Wales looking to end the term strongly, with just ten games left of the season remaining, and Ched is still keeping an eye on the top six.

Asked how PNE would approach the final games of the campaign, Ched said: “Professionally. There’s still a chance for us to get into the Play-Offs. We’re not miles off it; stranger things have happened.

“We’ve got Cardiff and Luton as our next two games. If we take maximum points out of that going into the international break, we’ll be in a really good position to see the last eight games out and it’ll be in our hands.”

Watch Ched's full interview on iFollow PNE now.

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