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Gaffer Calls Swansea Comeback Victory 'Excellent All Round'

26 August 2023

Ryan Lowe thought his Preston North End side were “excellent all round” in the 2-1 victory at Deepdale over Swansea City.

The Lilywhites came from behind against the side from South Wales to seal a third successive Sky Bet Championship win.

North End were behind at the break after Harrison Ashby’s 33rd-minute strike, before goals from Andrew Hughes and Duane Holmes turned the game on its head.

Ryan said: “I thought we were excellent in the second half.

“In the first half we wanted to move the ball a little bit quicker and go one side to the other, and we didn’t quite do that, but fair play to Swansea because they’re a tough team to break down.

“They caused us a few problems which we had to deal with in the second half and we went out in the second half with a little bit more impetus and a little bit more fire in our belly to go, ‘Look it’s here for us’.

“Even though we were one down, we felt there were opportunities for us to score and [we made] a tweak in shape midway through the second half.

“To go and get two goals at the time we did was really pleasing, so when you win, especially coming back from a goal down, is fantastic.

“The attackers will take all the credit but I thought we were solid and resolute defensively as well. Fair play, excellent all round.”

Cardiff-born Hughes was the man to draw PNE level at Deepdale midway through the second half, scoring his first goal since November 2022.

A moment of magic from Mads Frøkjær then set up Holmes for his first league goal in North End colours to seal the victory.

That made it three wins in a row for the Lilywhites, and ten points from the opening four matches, ahead of a trip to face Stoke City next weekend.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more,” Ryan said. “I would have bitten your hand off for ten points from five games, let alone ten points from four games, so now we’ve got another game and we’ve got to prepare for that.

“We’ll do the right things this week and we move onto the next one. All games are tough, when you win games like today coming from behind you enjoy them but don’t get too carried away with them.

“We never get too high, never too low, and a message for the fans as well: they were fantastic.

“I think it’s a different Deepdale now, a different feel about it. We are going to lose games of course but it’s how they get behind the players which they did at 1-0 down.

“It shows that them doing their bit, we’ll do our bit, the players do their bit, collectively we’ll come together as one and hopefully win more games at Deepdale.”


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