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Gaffer Credits Players For Point In Norwich

9 December 2023

First Team News

Gaffer Credits Players For Point In Norwich

9 December 2023

Manager Ryan Lowe gave all the credit to his players after Preston North End picked up a point on the road against Norwich City.

PNE battled and fought to maintain a clean sheet at Carrow Road, while at the other end there were even opportunities to go and win the match.

The gaffer, however, felt leaving with at least a point was the most important thing following a run of three successive defeats.

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Match Report: Norwich City 0 PNE 0

9 December 2023

Ryan said: “All credit has to go to the lads. We’ve worked hard all week putting a gameplan together because we knew we were coming up against a good team in Norwich who have got some fantastic players.

“With the way they play, they’re attacking with six or seven at some points in the game, but we had to be solid and resolute and hard to break down which we were.

“We felt we could build on a clean sheet to give us an opportunity to maybe get three [points], or at least get a point, and the lads certainly did that.

“Fair play to them, they were fantastic in everything we asked them to do.”

The hosts had a couple of good opportunities on the day, most notably through Onel Hernandez who was denied one-on-one by Freddie Woodman, while substitute Liam Gibbs missed from close range 15 minutes from time.

However, North End also had chances which on another day might have been enough to leave East Anglia with three points.

Brad Potts whistled an effort over the crossbar in the opening stages of the second half, before Ben Whiteman struck the bar in the 63rd minute, and Jack Whatmough may have won the game in the second minute of added-time.

Ryan said: “We just had to make sure we were solid and resolute, and we were.

“We always knew we would get an opportunity. I said to the lads at half-time there would be one big chance for us here, just make sure you take it.

“We had two big chances really. Whitey’s hit the bar with a fantastic effort and then one’s fell to Jack where the kid’s blocked it.

“To come away from here with a point after the results of late is massively pleasing.”

Despite the long journey all the way to East Anglia during a busy December, North End sold more than 500 tickets for the game at Carrow Road.

On the support, Ryan said: “Amazing, thank you. The support is unquestionable as always. The away fans are different class.

“There was a lot of young kids there. There was a young lad who was the mascot today who came all the way with his dad last night, we went over and signed a shirt for him – brilliant.

“The usual crowd who are usually singing for us [were there] and they kept going right the way through.

“They kept rallying the lads on so a big thank you and safe travels home.”

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