Transfer window acquisition Scott Wiseman has told The One And Only that he has been impressed, but not shocked by the quality of the squad at Deepdale.
The defender, recruited earlier this month from Championship side Barnsley, spoke to the official matchday programme for this Saturday’s game with Shaun Derry’s Notts County and admitted training has been as good as he expected.
“I knew that quality was there anyway so it was not something I was shocked by,” he said. “I knew of all of the lads here, whether I knew them on a personal basis or not, I knew what they was all about, and I knew there was a fantastic squad, a fantastic team and fantastic individuals as well.
“It’s the norm these days anyway playing Saturday-Tuesday. Whatever league you’re in, there’s always a lot of games, and a lot of fixtures that need to be completed before the end of the season, and before the summer break.
“Everybody who is here is ready for it. This is one of the fittest clubs I’ve been at, physically and mentally, so everybody is up for the challenge.”
Going into the game, North End know the importance of the first goal, Coventry being the 18th time this season the Lilywhites had taken a lead in a game and not lost and the former Rochdale man thinks this is the key to any game and wants to use what happened in the last home game against the Sky Blues as motivation this weekend.
“Certainly in this division and in any division you want to be taking the lead and controlling the game as well as you can.
“We couldn’t have done anything more in the game against Coventry. We took the lead and we controlled the play. It was just a freak thing that happened.
“You always want to bounce back from adversity. With the way we played, it felt like a loss with the way things happened. We would have liked to have had a game on the following Tuesday night to put things right, but we didn’t have that, but we had something to change our focus too and put all that behind us with the Nottingham Forest game.”
There’s plenty more from the North End No.32 in the programme this weekend, plus loads more. We chat to former PNE men Gary Brazil and Kevin Kilbane as well as current players Neil Kilkenny, Thorsten Stuckmann, Scott Laird and Paul Gallagher.
All our usual features are also included, with a look back to the Invincibles, 125 years ago, 14 pages on our opponents this weekend and all the stats and facts you could possibly need – all crammed into 84 perfect bound pages, on sale from the Club’s retail store and inside and outside the ground on matchday for just £3.
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