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I came on as a substitute in the midweek win over Bristol City ' the club I spent the first half 'of the season with

I came on as a substitute in the midweek win over Bristol City ' the club I spent the first half 'of the season with

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It has been a whirlwind last 10 days or so for me, with plenty happening.

My loan at Bristol City ended, I went back to Aston Villa and straight away was loaned to Preston.

My third spell with the club started as a substitute against Peterborough in the FA Cup last Saturday.

Then it was back down to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City, a game I again came on as a sub in.

It was a big three points for us on Tuesday night and I felt we deserved the victory,

The first half was a bit quiet but the second half was very exciting and the game came to life.

Greg Cunningham chose the ideal moment to score his first Preston goal, coming against his old club – he was really buzzing afterwards.

What a good goal it was too, a diving header from an excellent delivery by Paul Gallagher.

We had to dig deep for the victory because Bristol City are a decent side and have some good players.

Their league position is not the best at the moment but I think they will get out of trouble as the season goes on.

I hope they do because they are a good set of lads there and I made some great friends.

After being on loan there for the first five months of the season, it seemed a bit strange going back to Ashton Gate. But I had a job to do with Preston and it was brilliant to be on the winning side.

I had a disciplined job to do when I came on as substitute, making sure I stayed within the shape of the team and playing from there.

It is fair to say that my time on loan at Bristol City did not go how I wanted it to.

I did not play as many games as I would have liked and that was naturally frustrating.

Why didn’t it work out? I’m not totally sure.

Maybe the formation they used made it hard for me to get a place on a regular basis.

Bristol City play 3-5-2 in every game so it was hard for me to get in.

I can play as a wing-back but my more natural position is as an attacking winger.

Preston use that system in some games and I came on to play up front on Tuesday.

But the gaffer also uses other formations where I can fit in very comfortably.

What happened at Bristol City has made me stronger and more determined.

I watched a lot of games instead of playing in them in the first half of the season, so I learned a lot that way.

I’m more hungry to do well and make my way in the game, maybe I have a bit more aggression about my game now to make it happen.

When the chance came to return to Preston a third time, I didn’t have to think about it for a second.

The gaffer and coaching staff helped me so much in my two spells on loan last season.

In every training session they are looking to work on aspects of your game and make you a better player.

There are some new lads here since my last spell and they have all been great with me.

Obviously, I’ve fitted straight back in with the players who were here last season.

Daniel Johnson, Alan Browne and Josh Brownhill were all big mates.

I’m back rooming with DJ on away games and it is just like old times.

It was probably about this time last year that Preston were trying to sign DJ from Aston Villa.

He would be on the phone quite often, asking what the club was like.

My advice to DJ was to get himself here and what a year it has been for him.

He has established himself as a big part of the team here, scoring goals and being creative in midfield.

Alan Browne has come on really well too, while Josh got himself back in the team at Peterborough.

After beating Bristol City, our attention is now on playing Ipswich this weekend.

They are a really good side and are aiming to get in the play-offs I would think. If we work hard, stick to a game plan and play as well as we know we can, I’m confident we can get a good result.

I’m told we played well against Ipswich at our place earlier in the season but didn’t get the result we perhaps deserved.

So it would be nice for our luck to be in this time.

As a squad and staff, we have stayed together since Tuesday night’s game.

The gaffer decided that we would be better off training down here rather than travelling back to Preston after playing Bristol City and then having to go Ipswich a couple of days later.

We were back in the hotel straight after Tuesday’s game, starting our recovery straight away.

Then on Wednesday we moved across country nearer to Ipswich.

A few days together has allowed us to do some work in training as well as having a bit of team bonding.

Personally, the time together has helped me settle back in with the lads

Hopefully, it can help us get the result we want against Ipswich.