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Double Goalscorer Ched Happier With Win

4 November 2022

While admitting it was nice to score two goals in the victory over Reading, Ched Evans was happier to help PNE earn a third successive win.

North End won 2-1 in Berkshire thanks to a double from the Welsh forward, who opened the scoring for his side in the 51st minute.

Lucas Joao’s penalty drew the hosts level, but Evans put his side back in front with just more than ten minutes of normal time remaining to seal victory for PNE.

Having been brought into the side on Tuesday night to face Swansea City, he kept his place in the starting XI for Friday’s 8pm kick-off in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and he was named as their Player of the Match.

Speaking to iFollow, he said: “I thought on Tuesday night I had a couple of chances and was a bit unlucky, but I’ve said it since I came here – for me the wins are more important.

“Three points to get to where we want to get to in the league and what we want to achieve this season is the most important thing.

“As a striker, scoring goals is nice but I don’t mind setting other players up and doing the dirty side of the game to get us up the pitch and create stuff for other players.

“It’s a team game but it’s also an individual game. For me, it’s nice to score the two goals but it’s nicer to get the three points.”

There wasn’t too much goalmouth action at either end in the first 45 minutes, with the sides going into the break level.

But PNE drew first blood to take the lead and then showed a different side to their game to go ahead once more after being pegged back.

Ched added: “What we’ve shown is that we can come up against any type of team and get the job done.

“Obviously they scored to make it 1-1, but the character shown and the subs coming on – Seani [Maguire], Ben [Woodburn] and Ali [McCann] – got stuck in straight away and put their bodies on their line.

“It shows the character in the squad, and the type of lads we’ve got.”

Friday’s victory sealed a third win in the space of a week and moved PNE up into the Play-Off places ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

“It's massive,” added Ched. “A nine-point week is what you build promotion pushes on.

“But the job isn’t done. We’ve got one more to go against Millwall and it’s going to be a tough game, but we’ve got a week to recover now and not two days, which is nice.”


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