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‘It was’ Aston Villa ace makes this confession to manager


Andre Green has admitted that playing as a striker was a challenge after he was pushed up the pitch by Preston North End boss Alex Neil.

Green, on loan from Aston Villa , is a winger by trade and appeared out wide in both of his previous appearances for Preston this season.

But he was deployed upfront as the Lilywhites were beaten 3-2 by Swansea City on Saturday, coming on as a first-half replacement for Louis Moult.

And speaking afterwards, he confessed that playing as an out-and-out forward took some getting used to.

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Andre Green of Aston Villa

“It was a foreign position for me, but wherever I’m asked to play I will try my best,” said Green, who played 22 times for Villa in all competitions last season, scoring once.

“The manager wanted me to link-up play like Moulty did, we tried to stick to the game plan.”

Preston were leading at the Liberty Stadium but conceded an equaliser in first-half stoppage time which changed the complexion of the match.

Green told the Lancashire Post: “The time which we conceded the equaliser was a killer for us. We were in a good position for 45 minutes and then the goal before half-time changed the team-talk.

“Swansea had obviously got a shouting at during the interval and came out for the second half looking a better team.

“When we made it 2-2, we thought we could push on and win the game but Swansea scored a third goal straight away which was gutting.”

 

The 21-year-old will spend the season at Deepdale after linking up with Preston in early August.

Villa boss Dean Smith said at the time: “I sat down with Andre and told him how pleased I was with his contribution to us getting promoted, and I could see the look in his eye that he wants to be a Premier League player.

“I’ve got an emotional attachment with him because he’s come through the system, he’s a Villa fan and he’s worked really hard to get us promoted.

 

“But to the football club and to him, I think it would be detrimental if he stayed around and didn’t play. It was important he went out and played games.

“There were a number of Championship clubs in for him, and I thought Preston was a really good one for him.”



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