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Neil Kilkenny Pleased With ‘A Good Win’

26 April 2014

Preston North End’s Neil Kilkenny believes that Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Gillingham was a performance soaked in confidence.

The Lilywhites made it five wins at Deepdale on the spin, adding another three goals to the 11 already scored at home this month.

And with a freedom in their play evident since securing a Play-Off berth against Bristol City in the opening fixture of April, Kilkenny is looking for a continuation of that form.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com during the players’ lap of honour following the full-time whistle, Kilkenny said: “It was a good win, obviously we wanted to make the season enjoyable for the last couple of games and luckily we have, hopefully we can finish the season off with another three points against Crewe and we want to win every game.

“We are a strong team and we have a strong squad, you can see the squad that we have now and we are looking forward to the Play-Offs.

“Everyone is raring to go and everyone is pushing for places now.

“It is all about confidence at this time of the season and we just want to carry on our winning formula.”

The Aussie midfielder grabbed North End’s third goal of the afternoon, his second of the season, as PNE outplayed their opponents in the second-half.

And the No.37 hopes there is still more to come from him personally.

“I hope I can score a couple more,” added Kilkenny.

“I am trying to get in the box and maybe I am not greedy enough, sometimes I should shoot more, but hey, what can I do.”

Over 11,000 Preston fans witnessed the Lilywhites’ final home game of the season prior to the Play-Offs and Kilkenny discussed how much he enjoys being a part of this old traditional Club.

He continued: “This is a great place to be and even more so when you are winning.

“Like I said, we just want to carry on winning the games and putting smiles on the faces of the fans.

“The fans have been brilliant this season and I’m sure they will be right behind us when we go into the Play-Offs.”

Preston travel to Crewe Alexandra to conclude their 46 game season, before finding out their Play-Off opponents.

And with only two points separating Leyton Orient, Rotherham United and the Lilywhites, the reality is that North End are now four wins from a place in the Championship if things go their way.

But Kilkenny is only interested in the players doing themselves proud and has no preference over what opponents are put in their way.

“We are only four games from the Championship and I am sure that we will do ourselves justice and we will hopefully carry on winning games and playing well,” concluded the midfielder.

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