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Ali Discusses ‘Good Point’ In Watford

6 April 2024

First Team News

Ali Discusses ‘Good Point’ In Watford

6 April 2024

Ali McCann is already looking ahead to Tuesday night’s game against Huddersfield Town after what he felt was a good performance against Watford.

The midfielder played 90 minutes in the goalless draw on Gentry Day, in a game which on another day could have resulted in all three points being taken.

North End had the better chances in Hertfordshire, notably through Andrew Hughes, Jack Whatmough and Will Keane, while at the other end they limited the Hornets to very little to seal a tenth clean sheet of the campaign.

Ali said: “I think we did really well to be fair. We limited them to very little chances and created a few of our own.

“We come away with a good point. It could have been three, but we take the point and move on.

“I think we said we’re coming here to win, but if you can’t win the game don’t lose and I think that’s how it panned out. We could have nicked it, but what can you do?

“You come away with a good point and we go into Huddersfield on Tuesday with a lot of confidence to come away with three.”

Ali partnered Noah Mawene on Monday in the defeat against Birmingham City, in what was the youngster’s full Championship debut, and in Watford he had central defender Whatmough next to him.

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Manager Ryan Lowe was full of praise for PNE’s No.26 for his performance despite playing outside of his natural position.

Ali said: “I think to be honest the lads who have come in have done really well. Although it wasn’t the best result obviously last week, I thought Noah did really well for his full Championship debut.

“I think we went with more experience with Jack today and it’s probably right for this game. Jack did really well and it was good to play alongside him.”

North End now have another quick turnaround for the next game, with Huddersfield Town coming to Deepdale on Tuesday night for the first part of a home double header.

Norwich City will then follow on Saturday, with the Canaries currently occupying the final Play-Off spot, which is now seven points away from the Lilywhites.

Ali said: “We can only look after ourselves. If you look at the week, we’ve got two home games to try and come away with maximum points, whatever the other results are.

“We can only take care of what we do and that starts on Tuesday. We’ve got to go and be aggressive and attack the game and try and come away with three points and then move onto Norwich at the weekend.”

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