The Lilywhites’ gaffer looked back to the weekend’s game against Sheffield United and found a lot of positives from the game and feels with more work, a game like that would end up with the reverse scoreline.
“I felt for the lads at the weekend, I felt they put a lot in, I don’t think their play was bad,” he said. “They controlled the game in large parts and I think the positive from it is that at this early stage we have a game together that is competing with the boys at the top end of the league.
“If you look at our results, you can see that we are not far away. We are thereabouts and we just need to get ourselves from thereabouts to there.
“That is going to happen without a lot of hard work, but we are up and running and we just have to turn performances that are close to the winning level into the winning level and I have no doubt that we will.”
The trip to Glanford Park is one where the media would suggest North End should have a chance at securing the right result, however, the PNE chief is keen for the team to keep improving and do things the right way rather than becoming put undo undue pressure.
“We all know that any team that is going to be successful goes into it with a will to win it. We have to allow the team to have enough pressure to want to go and win the game, but not so much pressure to stop them winning it. It needs to be encouraged to keep progressing and keep improving.
“We need to give them the licence to go and play their game and the confidence that they know they will be better when they reach game 20, better again when they reach game 30 and so on. You just have to keep pushing at the improvement buttons.
“We need to get ourselves right to head across the country. I know Alan Knill well and he knows his football. He’s an intelligent guy, who builds sides who wants to play in what people call ‘the right way’. They want to pass the ball and work the ball and they have a lot of bright players who got creditable result at the weekend.
“They won’t be pushovers and anyone who thinks they are is making a mistake. Everyone at League One level can put on a display on the day. We went to Bury, who were sitting at the bottom of the pile, and we had to work very hard to win that game, so no one here is under any illusions about the level that is needed to win football matches in League One.
“We take nothing for granted and we have to do things right if we are going to take the points,” he added.