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Tom Cannon Ready For First Lancashire Derby

9 February 2023

First Team News

Tom Cannon Ready For First Lancashire Derby

9 February 2023

Tom Cannon is looking forward to his first taste of a Lancashire derby this weekend, with Preston North End set to take on Burnley at Turf Moor.

PNE will face the high-flying Clarets in East Lancashire for the first time since December 2015 on Saturday.

Everton loanee Tom has previous experience of local clashes, having lined up against Liverpool a few times with the Toffees’ Academy, but senior football obviously poses a different challenge.

Tom said: “It’ll be a tough game. Obviously, it’s a good opposition, but you know what can happen in derbies.

“On the day, form goes out the window, and it’s just a case of controlling the game and taking anything you can from the game.

“They’re a good opposition; we can all see that. As I said in derbies, the form goes out the window and you prep as well as you can and hopefully on the day you can get a result.”

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The striker has started in each of the four games since his arrival on loan until the end of the season from Everton.

He’s definitely been a bright spark for North End at the top end of the pitch, but it’s that first goal that’s looking to find.

“Oh yeah, I’m settled in,” he said. “The first week I felt settled in.

“I’m really enjoying my time here. The boys are great, the staff are great, so I can’t complain.

“I just need the goal to kickstart. I’m happy with how I’ve played, obviously there’s little things you look back on and things you could have done better in certain situations.

“But, as I say, hopefully I'll get the goal and kick on from there.”

With Burnley the test coming up on Saturday, PNE are facing a side who have won each of their last nine games in the Championship.

While for North End, they’re looking to get back on track following defeat at home to Bristol City.

“Obviously we’re looking for form,” Tom added. “It helps going into games coming off the back of wins.

“Obviously when you come in on the back of a loss it’s sometimes hard to pick yourself back up and get going again, but the lads do a good job of it to be fair.

“We’ve played a couple of games that we drew that maybe we should have won, or even lost that we thought we should have won.

“They’ve done well to pick themselves back up and get ready to go again.”

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