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Welsh Wants Fear Factor

19 April 2014

Preston North End captain John Welsh is looking to establish Deepdale as a place of fear thanks to results and the fans.

The Lilywhites have won their last three at home with Shrewsbury Town and Gillingham still to visit Lancashire in the next week.

And Welsh wants the players and fans to work together in making Deepdale an intimidating place come the League One Play-Offs. 

Speaking to PNE.Com, Welsh said: “We want five home wins to finish the season, we want Deepdale to be loud and people to be afraid when they come to the tunnel and they see the crowd and we want that fear factor that teams are coming and are scared to play there.

“We have been trying to generate that all season and it has worked well for us.

“We have got two games left there and we want to do that starting Monday and then when it comes to the Play-Offs, I’m sure it will be rocking and the fans will be right behind us and create a great atmosphere for us and a negative atmosphere for whoever we are playing.

“The games ahead are going to be really tough games; the teams that we are playing against are still playing for something.

“It is going to be really tough, so we need to make sure that we are on it and not going in to ‘holiday mode’ as they call it.

“I think the gaffer has spoken a lot about momentum and we want to be winning games and that brings confidence and everything that comes with it.

“We want to win every game between now and the end of the season and obviously that brings momentum, confidence and that kicks us on going in to the Play-Offs.

“Everyone to a man is playing really well, obviously in my position there is four or five that can play there and it is probably the same for the majority of the positions.

“We have got to make sure that whoever plays, performs, obviously the lads that played against Carlisle have done themselves no harm and got a few goals so that is great for the Club and keeps the competition on their toes and it can only be good, healthy competition is good for a Club.

“Whoever gets the shirt on Monday will make sure that they play well and do well and get in the team for the next game and so on and so forth.”

Welsh missed out on the Gentry Day trip to Brentford through suspension, having to watch from home as the Bees grabbed the final automatic promotion spot.

But the Liverpudlian hopes that the celebrations witnessed that day can help give North End extra motivation come their own end of season tilt at promotion.

“We can take a lot of motivation from the celebrations at Brentford,” continued the captain.

“As I was watching it, that is something that I want, I want the fans on the pitch; I want to see the lads getting lifted in the air, singing people’s names; that’s what we all want.

“So even though it was a poor result on our part, looking at them scenes and getting a taste for that, it sort of inspires you more to want to go and play well and do well in the next game and play in the Play-Offs and win in the Play-Offs, obviously to go to Wembley and win, so even though we will look back on it being a poor performance and a poor result, the inspiration that we will take from it, the scenes at the end will kick us on.

“I’m not really a good watcher when it comes to games, but the Carlisle performance was unbelievable from everyone to a man playing really well.

“Everyone done their jobs and we scored lots of goals and I think a few of the lads said after the game that a result like that was coming, we were getting chances but just not converting them and it all seemed to click into place and we got the win.

“But on the other side, we went to Brentford and we didn’t really perform as well as we could have.

“I listened to it on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday and they were saying things such as that Brentford looked comfortable and that’s just not us.

“I spoke to a few of the lads after the game and they said that we let ourselves down a bit which you don’t really associate with us this season.

“We have been good this season and consistent, it was one of them games were nothing goes right and then they get a penalty, whether it is a penalty or not, I haven’t seen it yet, but everything just seemed to go wrong for us.

“We have got to brush our shoulders off and the hard work start now.

“We go into Monday’s game needing a win to keep us going and to keep us on track and the momentum going in to the Play-Offs.”

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