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Greg Praises PNE Character In Luton Town Draw

15 February 2023

First Team News

Greg Praises PNE Character In Luton Town Draw

15 February 2023

Greg Cunningham praised the character and fight of the Preston North End players after coming back to draw 1-1 with Luton Town.

North End had gone down to ten men when Ben Whiteman was shown a straight red card five minutes after the break, but Troy Parrott’s penalty equaliser ensured a share of the spoils at Deepdale.

Greg said: “All in all, I think it was a spirited performance and a point that we’ll take.

“We obviously wanted to bounce back after a disappointing performance and result against Burnley last weekend, and it was nice to be back home at Deepdale.

“I felt that we were quite comfortable and then going down to ten men, it changed the dynamic of the game and they got more confidence from that.

“It was a case of sticking in there for ten to 15 minutes, we ended up going a goal behind but we showed great character and fight to get the equaliser, stick together as a unit and hold onto the point.”

Greg stressed the importance of team unity and togetherness, and how important that will be for the remainder of the season, not least in this weekend’s encounter versus Hull City.

“We aren’t naïve to the sport; a lot of us are seasoned pros and we know that nothing is plain sailing in football,” he said.

“During a season there’s going to be blips, but it’s important that we stick together and work hard, and we are doing that. We need to make sure that the tide turns and we can turn these draws into wins.

“Hull City is a tough place to go and they are in good form under new management. We go there with a good away record this season, though, and confidence of getting three points.”

On a more personal note, it was the Irishman’s first start for North End since the 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town in late December, as he registered a full 90 minutes in the heart of defence.

Greg said: “I love playing and getting out there. Wherever the gaffer wants me to play I’m more than happy to do the job that’s needed.

“It’s important that every time I step onto the pitch, I showcase what I’m about and help the boys as much as I can, because in that position in the heart of defence, you see a lot.

“It had been a little while so it was nice to get another 90 in my legs.”

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