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Gaffer Previews Trip To Elland Road

19 January 2024

First Team News

Gaffer Previews Trip To Elland Road

19 January 2024

Ryan Lowe expects Leeds United to want to get one over on PNE after their defeat at Deepdale on Boxing Day, however he’ll be taking his side to Elland Road with their heads held high.

North End put in a sterling display against their promotion-pushing Yorkshire opponents in December and came out on top, courtesy of a stunning late strike from Liam Millar.

Now just a few weeks on, the two sides will meet again in the lunchtime kick-off on Sunday, in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Ryan said: “It is fresh in our memory and we were fantastic our lads – take nothing away.

“They went down to ten men which we know and even then looking back at it and watching the footage back of it, it didn’t seem like they were down to ten men because they were still that good and they’ve got some quality players.

“What we did do on that day is we stopped a couple of their good players getting in a rhythm and they’re going to be the messages again. It’s what we’re going to have to do.

“They’ve changed personnel as well and we’ll probably change personnel so it’s going to be a different type of game I’m sure.

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“It’s one that we’re looking forward to. It’s live on TV at 12 o’clock, Sunday afternoon, and these are the games you look forward to, especially when you go to Elland Road.”

PNE head into the clash feeling good following last weekend’s victory at home to Bristol City, with Will Keane’s brace earning three points at Deepdale.

However, there wasn’t much time spent celebrating the win, as focus quickly turned to Leeds United, who are well on track for at least a Play-Off spot in their first campaign back in the Championship.

Ryan said: “I was buzzing for a few days and then you have to move on quickly to Leeds which is just another big, important game for us because they’re all coming thick and fast.

“When you’re going to Elland Road with the quality of players they’ve got and whatnot, it’s important that we’re ready for whatever they throw at us.

“Once you’ve got that bit of relief from the performance and the result, it settled everyone down a bit.

“We’ve got to be going to Leeds now with a bit of a positive mindset and mentality that we can come here and get a result, and that’s going to be the message definitely.

“When you win you’ve just got to let that go straight away and move onto the next one, and that’s certainly what we’ve done with Leeds.”

It remains to be seen who will feature for North End, with the gaffer revealing that illness has made its way through a few of the group during the past few days.

He’s hopeful, though, that they’ll recover in time, however Ched Evans and Jack Whatmough will miss out through injury.

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