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Chris Humphrey Ready For ‘Massive Game’

10 January 2014

Preston North End’s Chris Humphrey is looking forward to what he sees as one of the biggest fixtures of the 2013/14 campaign when the Lilywhites face Wolves tomorrow.

With both sides right in the promotion hunt, the PNE winger is looking forward to the contest and had nothing but praise for what he called a ‘proper support’, in reference to the 3,500 Preston fans who will be making the journey.

In an exclusive interview with PNE.Com, Humphrey said: “The match against Wolves is a massive game.

“I for one, was watching the game against Gillingham because that’s what it does when you have big games like this coming up and we have a game in hand of them now as well.

“It makes you want to watch games and see how other teams are doing because we are doing so well, so yes, I am looking forward to Saturday.

“It’s a massive game and I think it shows by the tickets we have sold how big this game really is and the way the fans see it as a big game which is fantastic.

“When I was told how many were going, I thought it was absolutely fantastic, that’s proper support.

“We couldn’t ask for more from the fans, so it would be nice to repay them on Saturday.

“When you are going away from home and you can hear your fans singing, obviously Wolves will have a lot of fans there, they always do, but it is always nice when you are away to have the backing of your fans 
and you can go out there and try and do your best for them, that is always nice.”

Now that the second half of the season is underway, the jostling for position at the top of the Sky Bet League One tree is well and truly on.

And Humphrey is hoping that come the end of the season, Saturday’s trip to Molineux can be circled as a pivotal day in a successful campaign for the Lilywhites.

“Saturday could be one of those games that we look back on at the end of the season,” added the PNE No. 7.

“We have had a few games like that, I thought Shrewsbury was one of them, were we can look back at the end of the season, if we do get promoted and say, ‘that was one of the games were we had to win that one to keep us up there’.

“Definitely at the end of the season, if it happens for us promotion, we can look through the Christmas period, because I think since I have been a footballer, that is the best Christmas period that I have had, winning all the games.

“I think that is fantastic and that is the things we need to do and because we have done that now, that is the job half done.

“It sets us up nicely and we have to take advantage of those three games with all the games coming up now, there is no point slacking, because those games will then mean nothing.

“But we have got the boys here and the spirit and the manager and the staff that back us and believe in us and the fans mainly of course, that believe we can do this, so it is always nice to come into work with 
that feeling and with people like that.”

Humphrey is a born and bred Midlander, add that to the fact that he, his family and all his friends are West Bromwich Albion fans and you could say that the Jamaican international is looking forward to this match a tad more than most.

“This game definitely has an extra little spice for me with me being from the Midlands,” continued Humphrey.

“I have got a few people…a lot of people coming, just like the Walsall game, but especially for me, there is two games I was overly looking forward to playing when I first signed for Preston and that was against Wolves and Shrewsbury obviously because I was there a few years ago.

“Wolves is massive for me because I am a Baggies fan, so it is always nice when we can get one over on them because all my friends are Baggies fans, I have had a few texts saying ‘you can’t come out with me if you lose on Saturday!’

“I’m looking forward to Saturday, it should be a good game and no doubt, if I get selected, I will get a few pelters because they know I am a Baggies fan, but it is all part of the game, so I’m looking forward to it.

“None of my friends or family are Wolves fans, they are all Baggies fans, they know better than that!

“I’m really looking forward to the game; everything is all good, everyone is happy, I’m happy, so I’m enjoying life at the minute.” 

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