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Skipper's Doncaster Preview

1 October 2012

Skipper John Mousinho tells PNE.Com it is important they keep on picking up points at this stage of the season…

“It is important to pick up points when it is tight like this and make sure we push ourselves up the table because we are always playing teams in and around us.”

“The league table is tight at the moment, it is just starting to form and we are starting to get a flavour of where teams are and where teams are going to be competing for the rest of the season.

“From the three teams that came down from the Championship last season, Doncaster are doing well but I don’t think those kind of things really matter, they have a different set of players, they changed manager’s midway through last season.

“It doesn’t make any difference, if you won promotion the season before you can carry over a bit of momentum and recently relegated teams can take a bit of time to get going.

“There are no easy matches in this game, in the cup or in the league, tomorrow night is going to be another game that we are going to have to be our best to take the maximum from it,” said North End’s powerful number 21.

Determined to keep PNE’s record intact, Mousinho believes the League One table is starting to take shape and teams are getting an idea what kind of battle they are going to be in.

It will be the first time North End have travelled to Doncaster in 18 months, however the Lilywhites remain unbeaten at Rovers’ new home.

“We got a bit sloppy at the end and we would have liked to have made it more empathic but to pick up three points and come back from a position that we were in; it was a really pleasing win.”

“It was frustrating for the fans to see us play like that at home and it is frustrating for us as well in the first half but it was pleasing to win the second half 3-1.

“That is a massive positive, the performance on the whole in the first half was dire and I don’t think anyone will disagree with that. None of the players, the staff or the fans will disagree with me and everybody knew that.

“Even if we do win we can react from it and use that to really spur on our performance against Doncaster.

“We did concede a couple of goals at home so we need to learn from that so that is the way we look at it so it is a game where we can react from Saturday.

He said: “We still have a massive amount to prove as a team despite the win on Saturday. We need to leave that game in the past, take the positives away but also learn from it and take away what we need to.

Mousinho is aware of the threat Doncaster poses, and stressed the team still has a lot after conceding two goals at home against Yeovil.

Rovers, who are adjusting to life back in League One after a four year spell in the Championship, have started the season well and are level points with North End in the top half of the table.

North End begin their trilogy of away fixtures on Tuesday night with a trip to the Keepmoat Stadium with Doncaster Rovers waiting.

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