We’ve prepared in the right way for this game
Ryan Lowe will manage a team against Burnley for the first time tonight when we take on Preston North End at Deepdale.
Lowe has previously managed both Bury and Plymouth but moved to Preston in December last year to replace Frankie McAvoy who had held the post for almost nine months.
Lowe sees the fans playing a big part with this being a derby. “It’s definitely bragging rights for two sets of fans and we’ll be doing our utmost to be giving our fans the bragging rights,” he said. “They can have a big impact. What I will say is however the game’s going they need to be loud and proud because they certainly help us.”
Looking at the game itself, Lowe said: “I’m looking forward to an entertaining game on the pitch. We’re good with the football as well. It’s two teams who are very well possession based teams, but it’s obviously both boxes which win you games of football as we well know. We’ve been very good in the defending box and not so good in the attacking box, but obviously we want that to change in terms of creating more chances and scoring more goals certainly. Burnley have conceded goals but also scored goals. I think it’s geared up for a good, entertaining game. It’s two good footballing teams locking horns to try and get three points.”
“It won’t be an easy game, it’s a team that don’t concede a lot of goals. It’s tight results in every game they’ve played. We’ve prepared, I think, in the right way for this game. They are a well organised team, disciplined, with a mix of youth and experience. They are in every game which will make it challenging.
“What tends to happen in these games is the first goal can give a big shift in the game. If they score first, then things only get harder. If we do, then something has to change on their side. The first goal will change everything.
“Teams can surprise you at times. It’s a derby, emotions play a part in derbies. We will tweak and adapt to try and give the team an edge. This game can be decided in so many ways, especially with the scores being so tight in the past.”
Kompany is happy with what we can offer as a goal threat. He added: “The Championship is tight; you never know how games are going to go. The hardest thing to find in football is players who can score goals. Every player in our front line has the potential to score goals. I see it in training. Put them in the right situations and the ball will go in the back of the net, for sure.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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