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Mawene Disappointed With Derby Day Defeat

5 September 2022

Noah Mawene was left disappointed after a poor second half performance saw North End fall to defeat on derby day.

Kitt Nelson scored a first-half brace which gave the Lilywhites a 2-1 lead at the break, but two goals in as many minutes in the second half by the visitors saw them walk away with all three points.

“First half I thought we were on it,” said Mawene. “Second half it just went wrong, a few individual errors, we got on each other’s backs we really didn’t help ourselves.

“To lose to these [Blackpool] especially is not a nice feeling.”

Mawene picked up the assist for North End's second goal and the captain feels he put in a solid performance especially in the first half.

“I thought first half I did very well,” said the midfielder. “I moved the ball, the runs I was making were effective, got ball in the box and won a few corners.

“I got an assist for Kitt’s second goal, who was very good today but, in the end, it wasn’t enough to win the game so there is always more to work on.”

North End conceded two goals in two minutes which ultimately lost them the game, Mawene believes there are multiple reasons for a drop in performance in the second half.

“There was a lack of focus and a bit of fatigue. We needed to try and control the ball a lot better, we gave possession away too easily. It just wasn’t clicking which was very frustrating.”

The Preston North End fan has been given the job of captain for two of the five fixtures so far this season and he feels it's an honour to wear the armband.

“It’s always an honour to put on the armband,” said Mawene.“However, for me there’s one captain but there’s 11 leaders on the pitch.

“The armband is a bonus, it's something that you wear to help the younger players who aren’t as experienced.

“In the end for me it’s not about wearing the armband it’s about doing the job on the pitch and getting the three points.”

PNEU19 will look to get back to winning ways next Saturday as they travel away to Salford City in the Youth Alliance League.


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