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Will Hoping Goals Keep Coming His Way

21 December 2023

First Team News

Will Hoping Goals Keep Coming His Way

21 December 2023

“Will Keane’s on fire” was the song of choice in the away end at Huddersfield Town last week as the striker netted the second of North End’s goals in a 3-1 victory on the road.

PNE’s No.7 then returned to Deepdale to open the scoring against Watford on Saturday, cleverly flicking home on the end of Liam Millar’s cross from the left, after the Canadian had shown his trickery to skip past the Hornets’ defence.

“It was just an instinctive reaction really,” said Will. “Liam obviously got the better of his man; it was a great assist from him once again.

“I just thought I’d get across the front. I think my body was kind of beyond the ball so I just wanted to get something on it.

“I had a good feeling it was on target so it was nice to see that hit the back of the net and I enjoyed that in front of the home fans.

“As you know, all strikers kind of get that confidence from getting in there and scoring, so I’ve got to make sure I keep getting in there and hopefully they keep coming my way.”

Unfortunately Will’s goal – his sixth of the season – didn’t count for much as PNE went on to lose the match, which left the striker and his teammates “bitterly disappointed”.

There’s no time to dwell on the defeat, though, with a trip to Swansea City on the cards on Friday.

The Swans, currently under the leadership of caretaker boss Alan Sheehan, sit 18th in the Championship ahead of the clash in South Wales, following the recent departure of Michael Duff.

Will said: “It's difficult to know how they’re going to approach the game when they’ve not got a manager in place, but we know typically what Swansea are about.

“They like to have possession, keep the ball well, and at home they’re going to be a threat so we need to be aware of that.

“I think if you look at our last couple of away performances we’ve been very solid defensively and we know we need to get back to that and find that consistency.

“Especially against Huddersfield, going forward we created a lot of chances and managed to take a few of them so we’ll be looking to do that again and hopefully get back on track and get a win.”

Having started the previous two matches, and scored in each of them, the Republic of Ireland international will be hoping to be involved from the off once again, but there’s plenty of options for manager Ryan Lowe.

Milutin Osmajić made his return from injury at the weekend, while Ched Evans and Layton Stewart are both also available, and Emil Riis’ comeback should happen in the next few weeks.

“We’ve got plenty of options and it’s healthy competition,” added Will.

“It’s what we need, especially with all the games coming up.

“Every game’s different as well so I think you saw against Norwich the gaffer decided to go with Liam, and with his pace he’s always a threat going in behind.

“Different games pose different challenges and we’ve just got to make sure whenever we’re called upon we’re ready and we all know we need to be on top of our game to stay in the team when we get the chance.”

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