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Humph Hopes To Copy Cup Success

2 January 2014

Chris Humphrey wants to reproduce the cup success he had at Motherwell with Preston North End.

The Lilywhites travel to Portman Road on Saturday to take on Ipswich Town in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Jamaica international had relative success in the Scottish Cup with Motherwell, starting six games and scoring once as they reached the 2011 final against Celtic at Hampden Park.

“It’s brilliant, the feeling is unbelievable to get to a final and you take a lot from it actually like the build up, stopping over a couple of days before and all the experience you get from doing that,” the winger said in an exclusive interview with PNE.Com.

“So it’s always nice to get to a final, you don’t get to many in your career so you just take that.”

He added: “For me personally the aim now is to replicate the success I had at Motherwell in the cup with Preston, definitely, and in the league as well.

“We had a lot of success in the league with Motherwell and that’s what I’m aiming to do as well this season is to have success this season.”

The fixture against Mick McCarthy’s men gives North End the chance to test themselves against Championship opposition for the third time this season.

Preston beat rivals Blackpool 1-0 at Deepdale in a hard-fought Capital One Cup tie in August but were knocked out by Burnley in the next round.

And Humphrey expects the match against Ipswich to be just as tricky, saying:  “They’re a good side and Mick McCarthy always has his sides doing what they do if you’ve looked at all the clubs he has managed.

“So it will be a hard test, a tough test but I’m sure with the way the boys are playing at the minute that we can go there with confidence that we can win the match.”

The Lilywhites currently have momentum on their side thanks to consecutive Sky Bet League One wins over Carlisle United, Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale.

North End’s next league match is away to fellow promotion contenders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And, according to Humphrey, the inevitable confidence boost gained from a positive performance in Ipswich could be vital to Preston’s pursuit of three points against Kenny Jackett’s side.

“If we beat Ipswich the momentum could get even greater, especially with Wolves being the next game, that’s a massive game for us, especially with the results the way they went yesterday,” he said.

“That’s a big game for us and a win against Ipswich, or even a very good performance against Ipswich, we can take a lot from that going into the Wolves game.”

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