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Chris Humphrey Eyes Six Wins

3 April 2014

Preston North End winger Chris Humphrey insists it is very possible for the Lilywhites to win their remaining six league fixtures to keep the pressure on the teams above them.

North End head in to the weekend occupying  fifth position in Sky Bet League One, but they are now only one point behind third placed Leyton Orient and six behind the automatic place currently held by Brentford.

And after seeing other sides putting terrific winning runs together, Humphrey wants to see PNE follow in their footsteps between now and the final day of the current campaign.

“Saturday is a massive game to us, to keep going and keep doing what we are doing at the minute,” said the Jamaican.

“After the last couple of games up to Swindon, we haven’t been at our best and the gaffer has sat us down and basically told us it is not good enough and every one of us knows that and he is right.

“We need to take momentum in to the Play-Offs if that is the way we are going to go.

“It is still mathematically possible to get second place and it is down to six games now, it is nerve racking times for everyone, so why not?, why can’t we go on and win every game between now and the end of the season and get into second place?

It is still available and still possible and while it is still mathematically possible, that’s what we have to aim for.

“We are not thinking ‘let’s just chill out and make sure we are ready for the Play-Offs’, it’s not about that.

“It is about working hard now and making sure that if we can get second then we take it and if we can’t get second, every one of us is playing for that spot to play in the Play-Offs and the gaffer will be looking at that and we have got to make sure we are at our best, because if you are not, then that will be you.”

Humphrey has been impressed with manager Simon Grayson and the Club as a whole in his first season in Lancashire and although Preston have only lost five games in 40 league fixtures to date, the No.7 insists that the players are not happy with that record; despite how impressive it looks from the outside.

Humph continued: “We have lost five games now this season, we don’t like losing.

“We haven’t lost many this season and that is something the boys should be proud of and that is exactly what the gaffer has said.

“But at the end of the day, we would like that to have been no loses, or two loses, we are not happy that we have lost five times and we are going to make sure we don’t lose again.

“That is the attitude we need to have and that is the attitude that the gaffer and Glynn Snodin and all the staff have and it is good to have everyone like that because that brings us out as players the same way.

“We have to make sure we keep going and the gaffer can sense when people tire and he switches things around, we have got a big enough squad, a great squad, so he has got the opportunity to do that.

“I just can’t see why we can’t go the rest of the season unbeaten now and if it is going into the Play-Offs, take that momentum into the Play-Offs with us and I can’t see why we can’t go up.

“When the gaffer brought me here and was showing me around and was speaking to me, I was thinking ‘yeah I want to be a part of this’.

“He is very passionate and you can see from when he came to the football club to the end of last season, you can see how results really improved and he stopped goals going in and kept the team solid and I wanted to be a part of that.

“It is something we had at Motherwell and it is kind of the same here, we are solid and very good on the counter attack and that’s where we got a lot of success.

“I really enjoyed what he had to say and I’m glad I have come here and at the end of the day, I’m sure the other players feel the same way, we can’t just let the season dwindle out.

“We have to kick on, which we did Saturday, we got the win, sometimes you have to grind it out like we did in the end, but that doesn’t matter, we got the win, another cleansheet, so bring it on.”



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