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Travel, Play, Win, Repeat For Holmes

21 March 2014

Lee Holmes is hoping to see Preston North End replicate their excellent away form on a regular basis between now and the end of the season.

The Lilywhites have been outstanding on their travels this season in Sky Bet League One and this Saturday sees Simon Grayson take his men south to face Play-Off hunting Swindon Town.

And Holmes knows both sides will be looking to claim three points, something North End have excelled at away from home so far this campaign.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, Holmes said: “There is a lot to play for and obviously we are hoping to pick up three points and likewise, they have got a lot to play for and they are striving for the Play-Offs and it is very scrappy around that sixth place at the minute and there are a lot of clubs still up for the fight.

“I think they will give everything, but likewise, our away form has been different class all season and we will just be looking to replicate that onwards.

“All season we have not been far away, we have a great squad, a great bunch of lads, have a great team spirit and obviously the gaffer has us playing the way he wants and that is why we are doing so well really.

“We are all pulling in the right direction and I think we are in a good place.

“It is just taking every game as it comes, treating it as just one game and hopefully by the end of the season we will be in a place where we want to be and get to where we want to go.

“Our away record is one of the best in the league, so we are scared of no one away or at home, and as I say, another game, another three points and hopefully we can go and do the job.”

Holmes is a man who knows Saturday’s opponents well, having had two different spells with the County Ground Club including a promotion win.

And that promotion win is one of a number of reasons why he still holds the Club in high regard.

“I played for Swindon a few times and had some great times down there as well when we got promoted a few seasons ago,” continued the winger.

“It is a special place that I hold dear in my heart and I have got fond memories of being there.

“The set-up there is very good, they have been as high as the Premier League, so it is a Club that knows higher heights that they are at this minute and if not this season, then I’m sure next season they will be wanting to kick on back to the Championship.”

A trip to Swindon will hold fond memories for most of the Preston North End faithful as this was manager Simon Grayson’s first game in charge of the Lilywhites back in March 2013.

And like most, Holmes agrees that the Club is in a far better place now than it was back then.

“I think we have moved forward, added the North End No.11.

“The spot that we were in then, we were around the middle of the bottom half of the table and now we are sitting fourth, comfortably in the Play-Offs and striving for better.

“We have obviously moved on as a Club and now we are in a place where we can hopefully kick on for them two spots at the top and we will fight for them until the last game and if not we will fight as hard as we can in the Play-Offs.”

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