Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North End Cup Hero Not Sure of Making His League Bow

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North End Cup Hero Not Sure of Making His League Bow

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PRESTON striker Simon Makienok enjoyed the "perfect" night as he scored a hat-trick to see off Bournemouth in the EFL Cup on Tuesday - but he admits that may not be enough to earn him his first league start.

The 25-year-old Denmark international grabbed his first North End goal to open the scoring at the Vitality Stadium before Bournemouth, showing 11 changes from their defeat at Manchester City, struck back.

A Lewis Grabban penalty and a close-range Dan Gosling goal looked to have the Premier League outfit on course to the fourth round.

But Makienok, on loan from Palermo having been on a similar deal at Charlton last season, headed level to send the game into extra-time where he then added his third to send Simon Grayson's men through.

"It was perfect for me," he said of his performance, which saw him score the first hat-trick of his career.

"From the first minute we were organised and good as a team, fighting for each other even though we had a whole new squad from our last game. We showed we have a wide squad and everybody did brilliant.

"I haven't played that much until now this season. Obviously I'm new in the team and I need to get to know how everybody plays and get to know my team-mates.

"My first season in the Championship gave me a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge of how it is to play in England, how it is to play in this league because it is so competitive.

"I think I'm moving on and getting better and better and will keep on pushing and trying to do my best."

Preston also made wholesale changes for the clash on the south coast as only full-back Greg Cunningham survived from their 5-0 defeat at Brentford at the weekend.

They now host Wigan tomorrow night in the Sky Bet Championship and Makienok concedes even his hat-trick heroics do not guarantee he will keep his place in the side. …

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