Will Keane put in the longest shift of his career to date in Preston North End’s Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth.
The Deepdale clash went to extra time and penalties with the Cherries eventually going through, PNE striker Keane playing the full 120 minutes and scoring in the shoot-out.
“It was a long night, it seemed to go on for ever and that was my first experience of playing extra-time in a competitive game,” Keane told the Evening Post.
“After such a long game, the recovery sessions will be important before we play Wolves on Saturday.
“We all had ice baths after the game to start the recovery and we will be doing work to get the legs going again.”
Keane got a recall to the starting XI after being a substitute in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Brentford.
With Joe Garner and Eoin Doyle absent, he partnered Stevie May up front to start with, before May gave way to Jordan Hugill who made a real impact in the game.
It was Hugill who headed North End’s 85th-minute equaliser and generally proved a real handful for the Bournemouth defence.
Said Keane: “The performance on Tuesday night was something to build on.
“We saw some positive signs, especially in the second half.
“I thought that we passed and moved well, committed men forward and got into the box a lot more.
“We created more chances as the game went on and it was great when Jordan scored to take the game into extra time.
“That goal will have done Jordan a world of good.
“He was disappointed with his red card last month and then after serving his suspension, got an injury which kept him out of a couple of games.
“I thought that I linked up well with Stevie May and then with Jordan when he came on.
“The competition for places up front is good and you have to take your chance when it comes along.”
A few chances came Keane’s way during the way but he was unable to add to his one PNE goal to date – that coming at Crewe in the first round.
“I came close a couple of times, things didn’t quite fall for me,” said Keane who is on loan from Manchester United.
“If I keep getting into the right positions though, the goals will come.
“It was nice to stick away the penalty in the shoot-out. I had been keen to take the one which we got at the end of extra time but Daniel Johnson was convinced he was going to tuck it away which he did.
“After playing 120 minutes and taking it to penalties, we were desperately disappointed to lose the game. In the first half we found it a bit tough going but we came out for the second half and played on the front foot and had better movement.
“You saw the quality that Bournemouth had in their side, they made a lot of changes but kept the ball really well which is something which runs through their squad.
“We knew that we were underdogs in the game but our performance was a big improvement on the second half at Brentford.
“I thought we responded in the right way and now it is very important to continue that when we play Wolves a game we need points from.”