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Gaffer Pleased With Reaction In Turnaround Victory Over Huddersfield

7 January 2023

Ryan Lowe praised the reaction of his Preston North End side after going a goal behind in the 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.

PNE progressed to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to a win over the Terriers in the fourth meeting of the season between the two sides.

Florian Kamberi opened the scoring on the day, but an own goal, a Bambo Diaby strike and Alan Browne’s first of the season – all in the second half – sealed victory.

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Ryan told iFollow PNE: “I thought in the second half the lads were fantastic after going a goal behind.

“It was a scruffy goal from our point of view, and then to get three goals, albeit one of them was an own goal [was pleasing].

“It’s a great ball into the box, then Bambo’s great strike and then for Browney to finish it off with a little cheeky tap-in at the back post after a good ball from Ryan [Ledson] gets us through to the fourth round. It’s a lovely day for us.”

North End had created chances in the first half, but without reward, and it was somewhat against the run of play when the Terriers went ahead just before the hour mark.

PNE were quickly back in the game when Tom Lees inadvertently put past his own ‘keeper, and once Diaby and Browne had scored, the home side were comfortable in victory.

Ryan said: “We’re a good team when we play good football, and we don’t look so much of a good team when we don’t do what’s required.

“Overall I’m pleased with the performance. There’s some good stuff in there, some stuff we can take positives from but learn from, but ultimately it was just about getting through to the next round.

“First and foremost it was about winning at Deepdale in the new year which is what we want to try and keep doing.

“We know there’s some tough games coming but overall [it was a] fantastic performance.”

North End will find out their fourth round opposition when the draw is made at approximately 4.05pm on Sunday afternoon, live on BBC One.

On who he might want in the next round, Ryan said: “If Liverpool win tonight, I’ll be looking for Liverpool, simple as that!

“I think for us to get to the fourth round and being in the hat, a nice away trip will be good for us because it will generate some funds potentially, whoever you get.

“I just want to take my team, the players and the staff and the supporters somewhere we might not go for a few years, wherever that may be.

“Our plan would be to hopefully get a Premier League top side and we can have a good day out.”

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