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“Play Our Game”

8 April 2013

Jeffrey Monakana wants North End to go out and play to their strengths tomorrow as they look to build on Saturday’s victory.

The Lilywhites comprehensively beat Scunthorpe United 3-0 on a day when the chances created, were converted and the PNE No.17 is looking for that to replicate itself against Oldham Athletic tomorrow night.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com he said: “I think that the guys have a lot of confidence after winning 3-0 at the weekend, so our confidence is up and we are going through a decent spell.

“We will just play our game, attack and try and get some goals and not concede any.

“We lost 3-1 to them earlier in the season so it is going to be good to try and get that back and carry on our winning form.

 “This league has a lot of ups and downs and like I say, we beat Yeovil 3-0 and they are right up there in the table, so I don’t think you can take too much from a win or a defeat because it is very tight in this league.

“I just think it is who is the better team and who wants it more on the day.”

The North End winger came off the bench against the Iron and had an instant impact as he terrorised the Scunthorpe back line before setting up Jack King for his goal.

And if given the nod for a starting spot tomorrow, he is keen for that kind of form to continue as he looks to consolidate a starting berth between now and the end of the season.

“It is good to get my first season out of the way and I am going to go through ups and downs and I understand that,” added Monakana.

“I have spoken to the management staff and they have told me that I am still young and that I will go through spells like that, but every time I get on the football pitch I just try my best and hopefully I do my best for the team and make chances for Kingy [Jack King] and so on.

“Obviously there is a lot of pressure on me to do well and I can understand that, but I am still young, I’m 19 and I am still trying to learn the game and embrace all the pressure and sometimes you get negative comments and that but it is good to have pressure as it means you are really rated and I am trying to live up to that expectation.

“I am just trying to finish well until the end of the season.

“Obviously Lee Holmes is a focal point of the team and we will miss him, but if I start and do my best, if I come off the bench I will do my best and I am just trying to finish well until the end of the season and whatever the manager does he does.

“Everyone in the team is capable of doing something and getting goals, as we showed on Saturday we can beat teams comfortably if we finish our chances.

“We have had chances but we have not finished them, so I think we just need to put ourselves about and carry on finishing them and I am sure we will be beating teams comfortably.”

A win tomorrow would see the Lilywhites confirm their status as a League One side again next season and although that is priority number one, Monakana is keen to see how high the team can finish between now and the end of the campaign.

"With me, I have always looked up and I have never really looked down.

“I have only looked at who is ahead of us and how many points we can gain.

“I am sure most of the team are looking at how we can get safe and then see where we end up, whether that be 12th, 13th, 14th or 15th.

“What we really want is to be safe and out of there so we can play the rest of the games with no fear and no looking behind our shoulder

“That is what we all want and we can go and upset some of the teams at the top coming to the end of the season.”

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