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Gaffer Reacts To Sixth Successive Victory

19 September 2023

Manager Ryan Lowe felt his side were fantastic in everything they did in the second half of the 2-1 victory over Birmingham City.

Preston North End extended their unbeaten start to the season, and their winning run to six Sky Bet Championship matches courtesy of the win at Deepdale.

Jay Stansfield gave the visitors the lead just 30 seconds into the second half, but an own goal from Krystian Bielik and Milutin Osmajić’s first for the club turned the game on its head to ensure the Lilywhites stayed at the top of the table.

On the goal conceded early in the second period, Ryan said: “That’s probably what we might have needed, a little bit to give us a bit of a kick up the backside and the lads realised that there’s an opportunity to get back in the game.

“We got back in it very quickly through an own goal and then we pushed Liam Millar up with Milutin just to give him a little bit of support.

“Browney does what he does best by driving through the middle of the park, slides him in and when Milly’s in that area, well that’s what we’ve signed him for. He can get them goals.

“I think the reaction after that goal was fantastic and maybe that’s something we needed.

“We were a little bit flat first half, but take nothing away from the lads. They were fantastic in everything they did second half.”

Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 2 Birmingham City 1

19 September 2023

The win over John Eustace’s Blues was a fourth 2-1 home victory of the season and took North End’s tally to 19 points from the opening seven matches of the league campaign.

PNE have had to win matches in different ways – Tuesday night included – and the gaffer feels the spirit around the group has played a key role in the success so far.

Ryan said: “I’m not going to get too carried away because we know it’s a tough league, we know where we are.

“But the togetherness and the camaraderie of what we’ve got – staff included with the players – it’s special.

“That’s all of us: everyone at the training ground, yourselves, you feel something brewing.

“It’s small things that I recognise and that pleases me, but I know now that these players are going to give us everything on the pitch – win, lose or draw.

“We’ve spoke about losing and drawing games of football, we know we will eventually, but while they keep riding that crest of the wave and performing and winning games of football, I feel a buzz and I feel the camaraderie.

“That’s got to stay and it will stay. I think it’s a big part of what we do and long may it continue.”

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