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Holmes: We Are In A Good Place

14 March 2013

Lee Holmes is relishing the prospect of going head to head with Brentford on Gentry Day.

The Lilywhites are unbeaten in five matches at present and travel to Griffin Park on Saturday for a tough encounter against third placed Brentford.

The winger is expecting a difficult game, but speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, insists he and his team-mates, are more than capable of returning north with the win.

“I think we have got a lot to build on,” said Holmes. 

“Obviously we are in a good place with an unbeaten run, so I think we can build on that and give them a difficult game and come back with three points.

“I think the lads have been playing really well and it is a case of trying to play as well as you can to try and keep the shape, so I think that is what everyone is doing.

“Not only that but the side has not had as many injuries, so we have had a good squad for the manager to pick from and more than that, it is a case of just trying to play as well as you possibly can and making it so the gaffer can’t really leave you out.”

The Bees returned to winning ways with a 2-1 midweek victory over Swindon Town and will need eyes in the back of their head; as well as the front, for the run in, as they sit one point off automatic promotion; but are only in the Play-Offs by three.

Speaking about the Londoners, Holmes said: “They are going really well at the minute, they got a good result on Tuesday and it is going to be a difficult game.

“I think the way we played them at home, they will be worried about us and as I say we are in a good place, so they will be fearing us as much as we are fearing them.”

Saturday marks a special day in the North End fans’ calendar as the bowler hats are dusted off for Gentry Day and with more than 600 tickets already bought by the Lilywhites faithful, it promises to be another special day.

“The fans have been awesome all season,” continued Holmes.

“They have backed us through thick and thin and it will be nice to have a great atmosphere there again on Saturday, so it is just another day at the office really and over the last few weeks they have been great in helping us to the place we are at now.”

Recently, the North End No.11 has accommodated the right hand side of midfield, as Will Hayhurst accommodated the left, but the former Southampton man is happy in his new adopted home, as both wingers continue to impress.

“I really enjoy it out there, I am confident on my right to go down the outside and also to cut in and it gives me a great opportunity to bring other people into the game and also get my shots away, so I really enjoy it out there and long may it continue.”

He added: “The gaffer is telling us all the time to get in the box and try and capitalise on people making mistakes, Will is doing that and I got my goal at the weekend so it is something that as wingers, we need to contribute, not only with assists but with goals and I think we have been doing that in the last few weeks.

"The lads have been doing great to get it out to us, but the manager is telling everyone that we need to use all our strengths going forward and if that is getting it wide and getting crosses in or if it is a movement with the front two then great too, so I think we have a lot of dimensions to our games, also on the counter attack as well.

“We are a great team going forward and in recent weeks we have also showed that we are great outfit defensively as well.

“We have been hard to beat and people are finding it hard to score past us, so if we have got that then I think we will always create chances like we did on Tuesday.”

Tickets are still on sale for Gentry Day in Brentford, so get yours now to support Simon and the boys.

Advance Ticket Prices for the Brook Road stand are as follows (prices rise to matchday prices (in brackets) at 4pm the day prior to the match):

Adults £20 (£22)
Seniors (Over 60) £14 (£16)
Students (Full-time) £12
Juniors (U18) £5 (£5)

Adults £19 (£21)
Seniors (over 60) £13 (£15)
Students (Full-time) £11
Juniors (U18) £5 (£5)
No student tickets are available on matchday.

Disabled supporters contact Brentford directly.
PNE Travel coaches depart Deepdale at 9am, adults £28, concession £26.

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