Patrick, four years at Charlton, but the best memory can only be one: that goal against Sunderland…
Yes, no doubts about that. The goal against Sunderland was the pinnacle of my Charlton career as it also coincided with my last-ever game for the club. Scoring the winner in a Wembley final and in such an important game for the club was special. It means a lot to me because of the timing, the fact that it happened in injury-time and helped Charlton return to the Championship was an indescribable moment for me.
What do you remember from that day at Wembley?
We had a poor start to the game, conceding a goal early on which could have killed us but instead it served as a wake-up call. We grew into the game and bounced back with a good performance, managing to win the game!
Why did you leave Charlton?
I believe it was the right moment to do it on such a high note. After the final, I held talks with the Preston North End manager and was sold on the project they had in place for the club.
I wanted to take the next career step and if we look at the table it proves that I have done just that because Preston is an upgrade.
Was Premier League promotion with PNE in your mind when you signed?
Yes, I when I signed and looked at the club’s roster I was convinced that Preston North End had what it took to make the top six and qualify for the play-offs. That is the main reason why I eventually decided to join this club. The sporting aspect was important to me.
Was it difficult to swap London with Lancashire?
Yes, it was tough because I spent four great years in London and at Charlton. It was not easy to walk away and make the switch to the North. In London I met many great people, Charlton has such amazing and vocal fans and there are also great people working behind the scenes at the club. My former teammates were also outstanding. I repeat it was complicated in the beginning to leave all those things behind but in hindsight it was the right decision and I am now very happy to play for Preston.
Who was the best player you played with at Charlton?
Alou Diarra was the best by a landslide. He played a World Cup final. Ademola Lookman, who is now at RB Leipzig, was also a very skilled player. I really played with many good players at Charlton.
Will Charlton stay in the Championship?
I hope they do. In any case, I will keep my fingers crossed for my beloved Addicks!
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