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Holmes Hoping For Big Finish

22 April 2013

Lee Holmes is backing his teammates to take their impressive home form on the road in the final two matches.

The Lilywhites make the long journey south to face Crawley Town tomorrow night and the PNE No.11 is keen to finish the season in a positive frame of mind.

Holmes said: “We want to win both games going to the finish of the season and finish it on a high, so we will be going down there going to get all three points.

“We want to play well, get a good performance and come away feeling good.

“Since the manager has come in we have had one goal and that is to play as well as we possibly can and collect as many points as we possibly can and I think we have done that.

“We have been unlucky in a few games but all in all we have took a step in the right direction and we will just be looking to continue that and for us it is a case of finishing the season as strongly as we can and then kicking on next season.

“If we can finish the season taking all six points then I think it bodes well for us going into next season and I think we will finish the season on a high and in a confident mood.

Holmes returned to action in Saturday’s victory over Tranmere Rovers for the first time in three games following his goal and then substitution with a hamstring injury against Scunthorpe United.

Rather than playing in his usual right wing slot, he featured more as an attack minded central midfielder in the 20 plus minutes he featured at the weekend and the 26-year-old admits to enjoying a change of scenery.

“It felt really good to be playing again,” added Holmes.

“It was nice to get back on and get some minutes and make a bit of a contribution, but all in all it was a great victory so I am pleased with that.

“I really enjoyed playing that central role, you get a lot of ball and we have got some great players to find you in that area so it is something I like and something I enjoy, so it is just a case of playing as well as I can and seeing what the manager wants to do.”

Tomorrow’s match will be played at the fourth time of asking due to the FA Cup, adverse weather conditions and international call ups, but despite the previous frustrations and the game being somewhat of a dead rubber in terms of promotion and relegation, Holmes and the rest of the players are looking forward to the contest.

He continued: “It’s difficult when games are called off, especially with it being a Tuesday night game as it was, it is not ideal and it is probably one of the furthest fixtures we have got in the season so it is not ideal but it is one of them things that you have to get on with and deal with and the lads are in great spirit after the last couple of performances at home.

“We will be going down there to get all three points.”

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