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Gaffer Provides Update On Sickness Bug

11 October 2022

Ryan Lowe is hopeful his side have recovered from the sickness bug which has been going through the camp over the past few days.

A number of players became unwell shortly before kick-off in the weekend’s victory over Norwich City, with Brad Potts having to be replaced on the bench, while other players managed to play through the illness.

The sickness carried over to the early parts of this week, too, with a few players absent from training on Monday, ahead of the trip to Bristol City.

Ryan told iFollow PNE: “We’re alright. A couple of the lads were off yesterday so we’ve had to see how they were, but they’re all in today.

“They’re all back so we’ll limit training a little bit today and finish it off tomorrow, but they’re all good and hopefully all ready to go.

“It was carnage to be honest before the Norwich game. About 15 minutes before kick-off, there was sick everywhere, there was a few people going sick, but it’s one of them things that you have to just deal with.

“I always say to our lads expect the unexpected and that was an unexpected thing, but we’ve had to keep them away, limit the food intake and whatnot.

“We’ll get a little bit of work into them today, we’ll finish off the rest of the work tonight and tomorrow morning, because we’ve got a bit of time on our hands.

“They’re all here, however well they are in terms of how long they’ll last will remain to be seen, but they’re all in good spirits so we’ll get on with it.”

North End head to Ashton Gate no doubt full of confidence after the past ten days or so, taking seven points from a possible nine.

Ryan’s side also claimed their first back-to-back Championship victories of the season against West Brom and Norwich City, and will be looking to extend that run of consecutive wins to three at Ashton Gate.

The manager said: “We are happy. It’s a good camp, spirits are high, which you want, but you can’t get too carried away because the next one’s ready to hit you in the face if you like.

“We’ve got to go again, we’ll train this morning and then we’ll be on the bus to Bristol so it’s been a tough few weeks, but it’s one the lads are relishing and taking the opportunity to perform well and collect some points.”

PNE were initially set to head to Ashton Gate in September, but that game was postponed due to the sad passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

At the time of the original game, Bristol City were flying high in the Championship and in top form, however things are looking different now for Nigel Pearson’s men, who go into the game having taken one point from their past five matches.

“It’s bizarre,” added Ryan. “But one thing we can’t do is take Bristol City lightly because there’s not a chance.

“They’ve been up there, they’ve had their form, they were scoring loads of goals, they were unbeaten, but it’s flipped round a little bit now because the Championship can do that for you.

“But we’ve got to go there and worry about what we can do, but also respect Bristol City because they’ve got some good players.

“What we’ve got to do while we’re riding a little bit of a crest of a wave and doing well is to keep that going, but we know it’s a tough opponent standing in our way.”

Watch the manager's full pre-match interview on iFollow PNE above.


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