Makienok unsure if hat-trick was enough
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Simon Makienok admits his "perfect" night - scoring three to see off Bournemouth in the EFL Cup - may not earn him a start for Preston.
Makienok, on loan from Palermo having been on a similar deal at Charlton last season, scored twice in normal time to send the match into an extra 30 minutes before adding 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, who also made wholesale changes for the clash, now host Wigan on Friday night in the Championship and Makienok concedes even his hat-trick heroics do not guarantee he will keep his place in the side.
Asked if the manager could leave him out after such a showing, he replied: "We will see, it was a tough night and we have a game in three days.
"The manager will do what is best for the team and everybody showed today they are ready so it is just about grabbing your chance when you get it.
"It was my first goal in a real game for Preston and my first ever professional hat-trick, it was a perfect night for me."