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Neil Kilkenny Relishing Busy Spell

27 January 2014

Preston North End midfielder Neil Kilkenny is more than happy with all the rearranged and midweek games on the horizon due to his love of football.

The Lilywhites’ No.37 and his teammates face the prospect of seven matches inside the next four weeks – starting on Tuesday night against Bradford City.

But the more games the better according to the Aussie.

“I enjoy all the games personally, I like playing games, I love playing football,” stated Kilkenny.

“I’m like a kid, I just want to play every day, so the more games the better for me.

“We have got a big squad here and there are some talented players that haven’t played as much as they would want to and everyone is pushing for places and that’s what makes a successful team.”

After another impressive showing against a Championship side in Friday’s FA Cup 0-0 draw with Nottm Forest at the City Ground, ‘Killa’ is looking forward to returning to league action against the Bantams.

And he is hoping that victory against City – who have a host of new players, will continue the Lilywhites’ momentum push during this busy spell.

“You can look at it both ways,” said Kilkenny when talking about the change in personnel at Valley Parade recently.

“One is that they don’t really know each other and are not familiar with each other.

“On the other hand, it gives the whole squad a boost.

“Like I said before, we just need to concentrate on ourselves and if we play well we should win the game.

“We just need to concentrate on our own game and be confident in that if we play well, we will win the game because we have got some really good players in this changing room.

“I don’t know that much about Bradford, but I know that they have got a big man up front and from what I have seen they play quiet direct to him and play off his flicks, so our defence will have to be on their toes, but it is a game we are all looking forward to.

“We have confidence and we just need to keep our form going and turn some of these draws in the league into wins and if we can do that, we are in a great position at the minute, but if we can do that, we will be in an even better position.

“The games are going to come thick and fast this month so we are all looking forward to it.

“We are looking to get three points tomorrow and kick on from there and get on a winning run now, so hopefully we are able to do that.”

2014 could be a big year for both Kilkenny and his countryman Bailey Wright with a World Cup in the not too distant future.

And the playmaker knows that international recognition will only come if the team continues to perform well and people sit up and take notice of North End.

He continued: “Since I have come, it is all about playing well for Preston North End and me and Bailey know that if we play well for Preston North End and the team is doing well, everyone sits up and notices that 

Preston North End is doing well and then individuals get spotted from there.

“So it is all about playing well for the team, doing a job for the team and then flourishing from there.”

Kilkenny also paid tribute to the Preston away following.

“The last couple of game, the away games, we have taken big crowds,” added the former Bristol City man.

“So it is very important for us to perform for them and then they get right behind us and as a team and as a Club, we can only thank them for their support and hopefully we can keep putting in the results and the performances that makes them want to come back and support us even more.”

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