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Jordan Wants Return Of Clean Sheets

19 January 2023

Jordan Storey says the Preston North End defenders have had discussions between themselves about wanting a return to keeping “the back door” shut.

PNE began the season in remarkable fashion, setting a new club record by keeping seven successive clean sheets at the start of the Championship campaign.

However, the Lilywhites haven’t been as assured at the back in recent weeks, having kept one shut-out in the past nine games in all competitions.

Jordan told iFollow PNE: “We’ve all had discussions with the defenders about how we want to get back to keeping the back door shut.

“It’s something that we’re looking to definitely improve on and we want to replicate what we did at the start of the season.”

Ryan Lowe’s side will have the chance to do that on Saturday when the Lilywhites head to the Midlands to take on Birmingham City.

Blues are going through a difficult run at the moment, having lost their past four league fixtures, however central defender Jordan is not paying any attention to those results.

He said: “I don’t think it really matters in this league.

“I think we’ve seen anyone can beat anyone no matter what run they’re on, so we’ll approach it the same way, regardless of how many defeats they’ve had in how many games.

“We’ll still be looking at a tough game against them.”

PNE will be hoping they can build on their brilliant away record this weekend, which currently boasts a return of 24 points from 13 games on the road.

It’s been a different story for North End at home, but the away form is bettered by only the division’s top two – Sheffield United and Burnley.

“It’s been good,” added Jordan. “Ideally at the start of the season we would have rather had a better home record than away.

“But, to be honest, to pick up some of the points we have done away against some good teams has been great.”

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