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Hunts Relishing Busy Easter

27 March 2013

The North End central defender is looking forward to a quick fire double header over the Easter period as the team look to continue their recent positive run.

Huntington and Co face Portsmouth on Good Friday, before travelling to the Alexandra Stadium on Easter Monday to face Crewe as the games come thick and fast with the season now into the final stretch.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com ahead of Pompey’s visit, Huntington said: “Their confidence will have picked up with the few results they have had, but our confidence is high as well and we are looking forward to the game.

“It is always quite an enjoyable period having the two games in quick succession with it being Easter.

"It is a game we are looking forward to and hopefully it will be a good game and it is one we are ready for.

“I think at this stage of the season it is all about recovery, there is only about a month to go and we have just got to concentrate on the games.

“The training is more sort of just ticking over and obviously the games are the most important thing.

“We have only got eight games to go in one month, which is obviously a lot of games and it is something we are looking forward to because you are straight out from one, you have a couple of days recovery and then into another.

“Every game is important and obviously the situation they are in is difficult, but I think in every game, every team goes out there to give 110 per cent.

“They have been in a bit of a desperate situation on and off the pitch, but like I say it is all about the 90 minutes and we will be looking to build on our past few results and take the three points with us being at home as well.

“Portsmouth have picked up a little bit in recent weeks and they are in quite good form.

“Obviously they have had difficulties off the pitch, so it has been a tough season for them, but on the pitch is what matters on Friday and as of late they have been going well, so we will be expecting a tough game but it’s one we are looking to win.”

The Lilywhites No.4 has been a key element of PNE’s defensive revival in recent weeks and on the back of three straight clean sheets at home, Huntington is keen to keep the run going, as well as praising his more forward thinking team mates for their part in keeping the ball out of the North End net.

“It is important to keep our home form good,” continued the 25-year-old.

“We have just spoke about winning as many games as possible and taking each game as it comes and the next one is the most important one as I always say and we just focus on that really and not looking too far forward.

“Obviously we have got a lot of games coming up in a short space of time and we are looking forward to the game and looking to pick up the three points to move us up that table.

“It has helped having a settled side and we need to build on that and not rest on our laurels.

“We need to keep working hard together as a team; it is not just the defence that achieve clean sheets.

“It starts from the forwards who are working their socks off and as long as the work rate is there and the passion and everyone is trying to do the right things, then no one will criticise each other for it.

“The lads have been enjoying their football and long may that continue and hopefully we can pick up a few wins along the way.”

Huntington was also quick to praise the fans for the part they have played in North End’s upturn in fortunes, thanking them for the fantastic atmosphere they have generated at home, in a bid to spur the players on.

“Obviously we will need the fans,” continued the stopper.

“It has been great the last couple of home games.

“They have stuck with us and I think they can see that everyone is giving 110 per cent in what we are doing and particularly in the last home game when we didn’t quite take our chances, but our performance was good and something we can build on and hopefully improve upon on Friday.”

Matchday tickets are available now, with fans advised to get their tickets in advance where possible for the clash with Portsmouth.

The ticket and retail store is open 9am to 5pm from Monday - Thursday, with tickets again on sale on the day of the game from the Sir Tom Finney Stand ticket office from 9am.

You can also buy over the phone during those opening hours (lines shut 90 minutes before kick-off) on 0844 856 1966. You can also buy, without having to go through pages of registrations, online, with just a click, by visiting MYPNE.Com.

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