“You can see on the fans faces how much Preston North End means to them."
“So we are fully aware it will be a tough game but I am sure that if the lads start and prepare themselves how they did then we will be fine.
“Colchester lost to Yeovil on Tuesday night so they will want to prove to people that they can win games.
“We made a good start but we won’t dwell on Monday too much because it is going to be another tough game this weekend,” said the Lilywhites’ number 19.
Fully aware of the threat the U’s pose, Welsh will not be taking Saturday’s opponents lightly come 3pm.
During the 2011/12 season Welsh made 49 appearances for Tranmere, and played in Rovers’ 4-2 defeat at Colchester United in the penultimate game of the season.
“The way we started the game lifted the crowd which helped us and hopefully we can all do it again on Saturday.”
“You can see it on the fans faces how much the Club means to them, the fans love it and the lads are reacting to that.
“A lot turned up on Monday and got right behind the players and the lads did everything for the team and for the Club.
Continuing his exclusive interview with PNE.Com he said: “It was a brilliant experience on Monday, Deepdale is a difficult place to play if you are an away player but as a home player the supporters are brilliant.
With Graham Westley now putting his mark on the Club, creating a brand new squad, Welsh is one of the most experienced players to have played at Deepdale, despite that being as an away player.
“I made up for a lot of the running I missed out on with the lads and ball work but now I feel fit and hopefully now I can break into the starting line-up.
“All you can do is work hard to put things right again so you are back fit and in the right condition to go and play as many games as I can this season.
“Within 20 minutes of my debut at Southport I got injured which wasn’t the ideal start but I have been working hard with the physio and I have now got two weeks of training under my belt.
“Colchester will be a tough team to beat but we are confident of picking up all three points.
“I was one of the first to sign so I have been waiting for Saturday since I joined the Club and I can’t wait for the game,” said the former Liverpool man.
Welsh, who has endured a tough pre-season after sustaining a muscle injury in Preston’s opening friendly last month, believes the passion the North End supporters show helps the eleven men in white out on the pitch pick up the right result.
That is one of the first things tough tackling midfielder John Welsh noticed after making his North End bow on Monday night against Huddersfield.