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Ryan Previews Watford And Gives Injury Update

14 December 2023

First Team News

Ryan Previews Watford And Gives Injury Update

14 December 2023

Ryan Lowe is looking for his side to build on the previous two matches and take the game to Watford this weekend.

North End will return to Deepdale after picking up four points during the previous week, drawing at Norwich City before beating Huddersfield Town 3-1.

Coming up against a Hornets side sat 12th in the table, the manager expects a difficult game against a side with talented players.

Ryan said: “We know they’re always going to be tough but the message to our lads is be the same as you’ve been the last two games in different ways.

“We’re at home, can we take the game to them a little bit more?

“They’re going to come right at us because they’re a good team, but it’s a game that we’re really looking forward to because it’ll hopefully be a little bit open for both teams.

“Whoever gets it right can potentially go on and get the three points.”

PNE started the Championship campaign brilliantly at home, winning the first four league matches of the season at Deepdale.

But with one win in the previous six in PR1, the gaffer is keen for North End to take the confidence gained from the past week and get back on track.

He said: “We are looking forward to getting back at home.

“Obviously last time out was a disappointing result and performance so we want to make sure we put that right first and foremost.

“Coming off the back of two fantastic performances and two fantastic results, we’re coming up against another good team in Watford who are trying to climb the table and get as high as they possibly can.

“They have a fantastic manager and some fantastic players, and we know we’re going to be in for a tough encounter, but as always it’s one we’re relishing.”

Calvin Ramsay, who has missed the previous two matches through illness, is expected to be back available for the Lilywhites this weekend.

As well as injury, Milutin Osmajić has also been struggling with tonsilitis, but he’ll join in with training on Thursday and Friday.

Fellow forward and long-term absentee Emil Riis isn’t far off a return himself and is expected to be used in next week’s Central League Cup clash with Burnley.

Those who are involved, though, on Saturday, will no doubt be roared on by the Deepdale crowd in the final home match before Christmas.

“All I’ll say is 95% of the fans have been different class with me, the players, the staff and everyone associated,” added Ryan.

“That 5% who probably feel a little bit aggrieved in certain areas, just get behind the players. That’s all they want. They play with their hearts on their sleeves these players and I make sure of that.

“They’re going to give everything they possibly can to get points, but with the big help of 100% of the fans, not just 95% of them.

“I get the frustration, I get the disappointment, but I don’t get the anger and the slander.

“Come on, let’s stick together because hopefully where we are now we can keep building on that with the support of the extra 5% then hopefully we can take the club to places it’s never been before.”

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