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‘Free Game’ For Garner And Co

16 April 2014

Joe Garner believes that Preston North End can play with freedom on Friday with all the pressure on Brentford as the two collide in League One.

The Bees hold second place in the table at present, but the Lilywhites have not given up hope of catching them with four games to go.

And with a Play-Off place secured a fortnight ago, Garner says that he and his team-mates have nothing to lose or fear on Good Friday.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, the striker said: “I think all the pressure is on Brentford really, they are second and we are chasing and I think we just need to go down there, enjoy our football as we have been doing and hopefully come away with a result.

“I would basically say it is more or less a free game for us.

“We can go and play our football and enjoy the day, I’m sure we will take a big following down there and, like I say, all the pressure is on them and hopefully we come out on top.

“I think all the lads are looking forward to the game, we know what happened last time we played them and we have a few things to put right.”

It’s been a busy week for Garner off the pitch with the arrival of a baby girl - whilst his team-mates were dissecting his former Club 6-1 at Deepdale.

And Garner managed to keep track of the team’s progress throughout the afternoon thanks to modern technology – although he now knows he is in for a fight if he is to regain his starting jersey.

“My partner was on the gas and air and I was on the BBC IPlayer so it was all good!” joked the North End No.14.

“I was in the hospital watching the results and I was happy for the boys, it was a great result and we have now got big games coming up on Friday and Monday.

“There might be a sleepless night or two for the missus between now and Friday but everything is spot on!

“On Saturday the lads proved that if you get a chance in the team then you have to take it, that’s basically how it is.

“We have got a top squad with top players; top strikers who all think they can play at a higher level and that’s where we are striving to get towards and we will keep going until the end of the season.

“I’m going to have to work really hard just to get back in the team for Friday, that’s always the case and I am happy to do that.

“I think we were due a result like that, we have had a lot of games this year were things just haven’t fallen for us, but having seen the result and reading the report, it seems things just fell into place which is always nice.”

Friday’s clash in London also signifies ‘Gentry Day’ for the PNE faithful.

And with a sell-out away following ready to roar on Simon Grayson’s men, Garner is licking his lips at the prospect, having never been a part of the rekindled annual tradition as a fan.

The frontman continued: “Unfortunately, Gentry Day wasn’t something I was ever part of as a fan growing up.

“I know the fans have a great day out with the bowler hats on and everything and I’m sure we will take a good following and they will back the boys and hopefully we can get the three points.

“I think we have probably got one of the strongest away followings in the league, if not the best following away in League One, but they certainly help the lads.

“When we went down to Leyton Orient we had a good following and it is a long way, but I hope they have a good day and we come back with three points.”

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