PNE defender looking to kick on

Calum Woods thinks there is more to come from PNE
Calum Woods thinks there is more to come from PNE
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Calum Woods is looking for Preston North End to kick on from their steady start when they return after the international break.

It was feet-up time for most of the Lilywhites squad over the weekend after the trip to Leyton Orient was postponed due to international call-ups.

And it provided a good opportunity for reflection after the busy first month of the campaign.

Right-back Woods told the Evening Post: “I think we have started the season reasonably well.

“We have won a few games and drawn a few – we are still unbeaten.

“Some of the games which we drew maybe we should have won and that is frustrating.

“But overall, I think that things are going okay and there is something good to build on.

“As a team we are looking solid and we have a good squad of players who can all do a job.

“It felt a little bit strange being without a game over the weekend because the matches have been pretty much Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday since pre-season.

“Had we played Leyton Orient on Saturday, that would no doubt have been a good game, with both them and us having finished close together last season.

“We start again in terms of matches this Saturday at Walsall.

“What we will be aiming to do is a put a decent run of wins together and build on what you could call a solid start to the season.”

Woods, 27, was Preston’s first choice at right-back for the opening few games.

He started the first five matches before getting a rest on the bench for the Capital One Cup tie at Middlesbrough. Scott Wiseman replaced him for that game and kept his place for the visit of Sheffield United a week last Saturday.

But Woods did see plenty of action against the Blades, coming on at the interval to replace Ben Davies at left-back after the youngster’s torrid time at the hands of Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Then last Tuesday night in the absence of Wiseman, he returned to right-back for the 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

As well as his defensive duties that evening, Woods set up the winner for Jordan Hugill.

“I’m quite happy playing on the left like I did against Sheffield United,” said 
Woods.

“I’ve played there a lot in the last few years and I’m comfortable on that side.

“Right-back is my natural position, though, – ideally that is where I want to play and nail down a regular spot.

“It is great competition with Scott Wiseman. He is a good player and came from the Championship to play here.

“Setting up the goal on Tuesday night was pleasing to do.

“I like to get forward as much as I can and I was able to set Jordan up.

“There are some games when you can get further forward than others, and against Shrewsbury I got some room to push on a bit more.”

Meanwhile, PNE have been drawn at home to Port Vale in the second round of the JPT, the game to be played in the week beginning October 6.