PNE.Com speaks to skipper John Welsh on his first return to Prenton Park.“We do need to start keeping clean sheets both at home and away, we will look back on today thinking we have dropped two points but we look forward to next weekend and get ready to go again.”
“We wanted to put our inconsistencies away from home behind us and to come here and have the better of the game showed we put in a good performance.
“They give everything for the team and we are disappointed we couldn’t pick up all three points for them but we will try to put things right next weekend against Yeovil.
“It is a great honour to captain Preston North End, it is a great football club, the supporters were brilliant once again, they turned out in force like always and they sing their hearts out.
“It was strange walking out as the captain of the away team, I nearly went to grab the mascot’s hand.
“I also got a couple of claps which was nice but it was good to come back and whilst I was at Tranmere I always gave 100% for the shirt and some people realised that.
“My return to Prenton Park went alright, I knew it would be difficult with the boos but that is what football is all about, players move on and return back to former clubs so supporters are always going to boo, that is what the game is all about,” said the Liverpudlian.
Admitting it was strange to lead out the away team at Prenton Park, Welsh praised the travelling PNE contingency for their efforts and insists the team need to keep more clean sheets.
In Preston’s last three games, Welsh, who has skippered the side, has partnered Tuesday night’s hat trick hero Nicky Wroe in the heart of North End’s midfield.
“The lads showed great discipline in our shape, we were brilliant, we worked hard for each other, won our individual battles and our tackles and that is what you would call a good professional performance away from home.”
“We are not going to settle coming to places and drawing, we want to win and I thought we did enough to do that but Tranmere have come back and nicked a goal right at the end to take a point.
“The lads were right at it from the start, it is disappointing because we were on course to win at the team who are top of the league.
“We are disappointed that we didn’t finish our chances to kill the game and overall we deserved more than we got today.
Praising the team’s attitude and discipline, he said: “We thought we deserved more than a point, we had the best chances in the game. We knew when we came here it was going to be tough and they are obviously top of the league for a reason.
The tenacious midfielder put in determined display against his former employers on a game which he thought North End were hard done by to not walk away with the full three points.