Daniel Iversen pleased by Preston fightback against Cherries

Daniel Iversen was pleased with how Preston North End recovered from a poor first half to earn themselves a point against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

By Tom Sandells
Sunday, 7th March 2021, 10:17 am
Bournemouth's Arnaut Danjuma fires past PNE goalkeeper Daniel Iversen
Bournemouth's Arnaut Danjuma fires past PNE goalkeeper Daniel Iversen

The Lilywhites were second best in the opening exchanges at Deepdale with the on-loan goalkeeper being forced into a number of saves.

The Dane proved, once again, his shot stopping capabilities but could do nothing to stop the Cherries taking the lead through Arnaut Danjuma after 37 minutes.

Alex Neil’s men rallied and fought back in the second half, Daniel Johnson’s effort from outside the area nestling into the far corner 20 minutes from time.

Although he showed his stuff being busy in the first half, Iversen would rather have had a quieter day and a clean sheet, but was proud of how his team-mates fought back.

He said: “It was not the best first half for us but I think we recovered really well in the second half to get to 1-1.

“We were pleased with that.

“I’m a goalkeeper so I want to have a clean sheet every week, I’d rather have nothing to do and take the clean sheet.

“I still have to do my job so when chances come I have to be ready.”

On a first half save from Lewis Cook: “I couldn’t really see the ball but at the last second I had to react, it’s difficult to say how I saved that one. It’s one of those.

“We worked really well in the second half to take chances.

“They didn’t really have many chances in the second half, we got a lot of chances.”

Iversen is currently on loan from Champions League chasing Leicester City, but he has a long term deal at the King Power stadium.

The 23-year-old has made a big impression at Deepdale since joining in January, stepping in to cover the vacancy Declan Rudd left after picking up a long term injury that ruled him out for the season.

Many fans would like to see Iversen back in Lancashire next season and North End’s first choice stopper admits it’s been an easy place to come into and settle.

He said: “I’ve settled in really well to be fair, everyone at the club has been really kind to me. It’s an easy club to come into really.”