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BRAD COLLINS ON PRESTON TRIP

9 December 2021

Our goalkeeper helped preview Saturday's clash with North End.

ON RECENT FORM

“We certainly look more solid as a collective, as a unit, we’re not conceding as many goals so it’s been a good start from that point of view. 

“Not having a midweek game has really benefited us a lot, being able to get out on the training ground, working hard with each other, getting used to what the gaffer wants from us.”

ON POYA ASBAGHI

“He’s kind of asked me to keep doing my thing, he’s happy with what I’m doing and I’m enjoying what he’s brought so far. There’s a good vibe in camp.

“Tom (Fawdry - Goalkeeper Coach) is fantastic, I’m enjoying the relationship with him. He had some time out in Australia with Melbourne Victory and he’s back here now, and it’s always good as a goalkeeper to work with different coaches, picking up new things.”

GETTING OUT OF TROUBLE

“The league table doesn’t lie, we are where we are because we deserve to be. 

“But it’s about taking it game by game. There are so many games left to play, a lot of points to play for and the confidence is growing day by day. 

“There have been tough spells this season where we’ve been missing different players. But recently we have nearly everyone back now and it’s about pushing each other, and I think we can kick on now under the gaffer.”

HIS TIME AT OAKWELL

“It’s been tough at times, because I wasn’t playing much when Sami Radlinger was here, then last year I had to bide my time with Jack Walton getting the nod. 

“But I feel like I’ve grown as a player and a person, I’ve made a claim for the position and I feel like I’ve enjoyed a prolonged run of good form.

“There’s only one of us who can play, and that’s how it is for a ‘keeper.”

ON PRESTON

“It’s going to be difficult to know exactly what they’re going to do, with the new manager, but we know each game is a challenge at this level regardless. 

“We are going to Preston in good spirits, we want to get a victory and keep pushing on up the table, getting out of this mess and back in the mix where we want to be.”


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