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Andrew Hughes thinks Patrick Bauer has made a 'big difference' for PNE

Preston North End defender Andrew Hughes has praised the impact of centre back Patrick Bauer since his return to the side.

Bauer suffered a major Achilles injury away at Bournemouth back in December 2020, missing the rest of last season.

The German returned this term, but actually started the season out of the side.

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Hughes joined Liam Lindsay and Jordan Storey in the back three for the first three games of the season.

Bauer came in for the home game against Peterborough United, and made an instant impact. Bauer scored the only goal of the game and helped PNE keep a clean sheet.

Bauer’s leadership at the back has been a welcome addition to the side, and the results speak for themselves.

Before Bauer came into the side, North End had conceded seven goals in three games. In Bauer’s three games in the side, PNE have conceded just once.

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The 28-year-old has impressed this season, and has now been praised by teammate Hughes.

Speaking to PNE’s official website, Hughes highlighted how Bauer has changed everything, believing he has made ‘such a big difference’.

That’s not to criticise Lindsay, but Bauer has clearly made North End more solid at the back and his teammates have noticed it.

“I like playing next to him, I just need to try and understand his accent!” said Hughes. “He’s made such a big difference and I’m just buzzing that he’s back. He got his goal and hopefully he can kick on again,” he added.

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