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Mads Happy To Score And Assist In Sunderland Victory

12 August 2023

Mads Frøkjær spoke of his delight at scoring the winning goal in Preston North End’s 2-1 win over Sunderland.

PNE’s No.10 netted just short of the hour mark to give North End all three points in their opening home league match of the season.

The Danish midfielder had also been involved in the first goal of the day, with his 20-yard effort being deflected past the goalkeeper by striker Will Keane.

Mads said: “It’s a happy afternoon: a goal, assist and three points. Everything is good.

“For the goal, I saw the ‘keeper coming out and thought, ‘Just put it low’, and it went in, so I’m happy.

“For the assist, I saw the run and thought, ‘Let’s hit Will and see if it goes in’, and it did. Everything was under control.

“I’m pleased to open my goalscoring account early, so it’s not a big shadow over me that I hadn’t scored.

“I’m happy and pleased that I could help the team with a goal today and hopefully this will continue.”

The Dane thought that the Black Cats, who levelled through Jack Clarke in the first half, provided a tough test and PNE did well to overcome that.

Mads added: “It was a good side we played against and they wanted to keep the ball, so I think we should be happy with the three points and take the good spirits further on.

“We said before the game, if we were physical against their smaller players, then we stood a good chance of winning.

“I thought it was a good performance from us, we showed good togetherness. Even in added time we stayed together, put in a good fight and showed some character.

“It was nice to see so many fans in my first Championship match at Deepdale and give something back and feel their emotions.”

The midfielder, who signed for the club just over a month ago, had only played for Danish top flight side OB until his move to Deepdale.

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That meant he may have had some adjustments to make to get used to the English game, but he’s equipped himself well in the opening two matches.

“Every game is quite new to me and I don’t know the opposition too much,” he said.

“I just try to talk with the other players about what to expect from different teams.

“Football is football. Of course it’s a bit different in every country, but football is universal.

“It’s just to go out and have fun and do what I’m best at. I try to do that every time.

“There has been some adjustment – here in England it’s more back and forth. Every player is quicker and more physical than back home. I’m not trying to change my style of play so much, just to go out and do what I’m best at.

“It’s great coming in as a new player to have that support from the beginning, from the fans, the club and the players. It’s nice to feel welcomed and people want me to be here.”

North End occupy eighth position in the league having drawn and won their opening two fixtures respectively, so Mads is pleased with his and the team’s start.

“Four points from the first two games of the season is always good,” he said. “So I think we should be happy with that.

“It’s still early, of course there’s many games. Twice as many as I used to play.

“So I plan to take it easy and enjoy the victory today. We have to keep going and see what the future holds.”

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