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Jordan Pleased With Defensive Efforts Against Coventry City

28 February 2023

Jordan Storey was pleased with the defensive solidity that Preston North End showed in the 0-0 draw with Coventry City.

The Lilywhites stretched their unbeaten run to four matches and registered their 14th clean sheet of the campaign in what was a keenly contested encounter at Deepdale. 

Returning to the starting XI having come off the bench in the 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic, the 25-year-old was crucial in North End’s backline and played an important part in his side’s point.

Jordan said: “I think looking back at the chances we created and how well we played at times, we should have taken all three points.

“We’ve been struggling at home, so to put in a performance like that – despite not getting the result that we wanted – was pleasing for us and sets us up nicely for the upcoming trip to Watford.

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“The pleasing thing is we’ve got another clean sheet, as it had been a while. To get two clean sheets within a relatively close period [following the 0-0 draw with Hull City] is pleasing, and hopefully we can continue to keep the back door shut and put the ball in the back of the net at the other end.”

Storey was also quick to praise the adaptability of his defensive teammates, with Bambo Diaby playing at the centre of the back three in the absence of Greg Cunningham.

“We’ve all been together for a while now and we’re on the same wavelength,” he said.

“Everyone is confident that whoever steps in that they’ll do a good job.

“For example, with Bambo moving centrally and putting in some good performances and Liam playing out on the left – we’re all capable of performing.”

This Saturday’s trip to Watford starts a run of four games leading up to the international break; four games which Storey describes as ‘crucial’ in terms of deciding where PNE will finish in May.

“We have one game at home and three away, so they are crucial games which will help dictate where we’re going to finish at the end of the season,” he said.

“If we can pick up two or three wins, that will really dictate where our season ends.

“We want to give ourselves a chance of being up there in the mix and challenging for the Play-Offs.”

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