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Duane Hails Mads' Assist For Match-Winner Against Swansea

27 August 2023

Match-winner Duane Holmes gave all the credit to Mads Frøkjær for his involvement in the deciding goal, but admitted it’s a “great feeling” to find the back of the net.

Harrison Ashby had given Swansea City the lead in the 33rd minute, before Cardiff-born defender Andrew Hughes headed North End level midway through the second half.

Holmes then got his first league goal for the club 11 minutes from time, getting on the end of Frøkjær's cutback after the Dane had nutmegged a visiting defender.

Speaking about his goal, Duane said: “All the credit must go to Mads. It was great play on the left, he cut it back and thankfully I was there to finish it off.

“There’s nothing better than scoring a goal, it’s a great feeling. 

“Especially having spent so long out injured, it’s nice to get my first goal back in the league and even better that the team got the three points.

“On a personal note, I think that’s the first game that my mum has been to since breaking my ankle.

“She rung me this morning a bit worried, but she was there celebrating, jumping up and down so that was nice.”

Despite going a goal down in the first half, the 28-year-old was confident that the lads could engineer a way back into the contest if they stuck together and continued to work hard. 

“I thought the first half was very even,” he said. “We gave up a sloppy goal and went into half-time knowing that if we made a few tweaks, we could win the game.

“We missed a couple of chances in the first half, not hitting the target when we probably should have done. They took their one chance which shows what this league is all about. 

“We weren’t too disheartened at half-time; in the changing room we knew we had more than enough to go and win the game.

“We just need to keep working hard and the wins will come.”

Next up on the fixture list is a Stoke City side who tasted narrow defeat to Millwall on Saturday afternoon. 

The key is for the squad to remain level-headed and continue with what they’ve been doing, says Duane, with PNE taking ten points from a possible 12 so far, but there’s still a large chunk of the season to be played.

Duane said: “We don’t get too ahead of ourselves. There’s another big game coming up against Stoke City and hopefully we can go and get three points in that one. 

“Of course it’s a better feeling going into the international break knowing that we’re doing well. The only way we can keep that up is through hard work and believing in ourselves. 

“We know how good we are. I wouldn’t mind it if people write us off to be honest.

“We come here [to Deepdale], get the three points and leave.”

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