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Gaffer Wants PNE To Keep Doing What They’re Doing

21 September 2023

Ryan Lowe is looking for his side to just stick to what they’ve been doing and keep doing the right things when they head to South Yorkshire this weekend.

North End will take on Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon in search of a seventh successive Sky Bet Championship victory.

That remarkable run of form has taken PNE to the top of the table at this early stage of the season, meanwhile Matt Taylor’s Millers have taken 15 points fewer than the Lilywhites from the opening seven matches.

Ryan said: “I know Matt will be wanting to put everything right in getting results back on the board.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, it always is going to Rotherham so we’ll be prepared as much as we can.

“We’ve had an extra day’s rest which is obviously a bonus for us. But take nothing away from Rotherham, they’re going to be firing on all cylinders wanting to win the game of football.

“We’ve got to be mindful of that and we’ve got to make sure we stick to our plan, stick to what we’ve been doing and hopefully get another positive result.”

Will Keane will once again be missing, with the manager admitting if they really needed the Republic of Ireland international he may have been able to play, however they are opting not to rush the top goalscorer back.

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That means Milutin Osmajić will more than likely lead the line once again after opening his account for the club during the week, while Ben Whiteman and Robbie Brady will both be pushing for their first start of the season after two substitute appearances.

For Rotherham, they’ll be looking to improve on the start they’ve made to the Championship campaign, having won only once up to this point.

Ryan said: “Form goes out the window. I know Matt will rally his troops up and the players.

“They’re all fighting for the shirt, the manager and wanting to do right by him and the football club because that’s who pay their wages.

“So they’re not just going to roll over – no chance. We’ve got to make sure we set the gameplan up to a tee and go and execute it. That’s our plan.

“But we know that if they do come after us we can change and pop it round and do things where we feel we can exploit their weaknesses.

“It’s going to be a battle for large parts of the game and it’s one we’ve got to make sure we’re up for.”

The manager has heavily praised the North End faithful so far this season for the part they've played in spurring their side on, and Saturday will be no different with more than 2,400 fans set to watch the league leaders from the sold-out away end.

“We know we’re backed in numbers,” Ryan said. “The away fans have been excellent since I came through the door. They’ve been different class, and the home fans have been excellent this season and we want that to continue of course.

“When you’re winning and you’re doing well, and with where we are in the league, that always means extra people want to start coming, and if they [Rotherham] gave us more tickets we probably would have been able to sell them out as well.

“The support’s immense. It doesn’t go unrecognised by the players, me and the staff, and we just want them to continue getting behind the lads which I’m sure they will.”

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