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Bailey Wright’s Rallying Call For Fans to Be The ‘Extra Man’

8 May 2014

Bailey Wright is hoping that a near sell out Deepdale will be the 12th man for the Lilywhites against Rotherham United on Saturday.

North End host the Millers in the League One Play-Off semi-final, first leg and Wright is hoping to take to the field with a white army on his side.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, the Aussie said: “The fans can play a massive role.

“The buzz that fans can create around the place, they can really get behind you and it can make a massive difference.

“It can be intimidating for other teams to play in front of our fans and I think they know how important they are and we know how important it is that we get a good crowd and they are right behind us and I’m sure they will be, they have been all season.

“They can be the extra man you need sometimes.

“I have had team-mates who have come back and played against us at Preston who say that you don’t forget how intimidating Deepdale can be and it refreshes their memory of it.

“There is a big support here and it is a big Club, a massive place to go to and not an easy place.

“We know that and it is our job to make it a difficult place as much as it is for the fans to do so.

“It is very important to get off to a good start.

“I am sure Deepdale will be rocking again, by the sounds of things tickets are selling really quickly and it’s important that we do well and get ourselves off to a quick start.

“We know it is a two legged semi-final and the second leg is at their place which is always going to be hard playing away, but we are prepared and we know that if we start well and continue well, it can only work well for us.

“We haven’t had too much time to think about the Play-Offs really as we have been plugging away and pushing for automatic promotion until recently.

“We knew we were going to be in the Play-Offs a while ago and now it has come around and we are looking forward to it, preparing right and we can’t wait for them to start.”

Rotherham finished one place and one point above PNE in the League One table after around nine months and 46 energy sapping games.

And the central defender is expecting nothing other than a tough, close game against a strong outfit.

North End’s No.6 continued: “We wanted to finish as high up the table as we could, we weren’t looking at who we would play or anything like that and it is Rotherham we are playing.

“I’m confident in the lads here and we would have been happy with whoever we would have got, we would have taken on the challenge.

“It’s Rotherham and that’s who we will prepare for.

“They are a good side; they are where they are for a reason.

“They are a solid team and they have been around there all season, we have played them twice and they have been interesting games, they have been quite close so it will be good.

“The beauty of football is you can go from one extreme to the other, you never really know what you are going to get,” continued Bailey when discussing the tight, cagey 0-0 affair at New York Stadium to the six goal, 3-3 thriller at Deepdale between the two teams.

“These two games will be exciting, hopefully more exciting for us than them.”

With the season set to be defined by these next two games before a trip to Wembley if things go well for Preston, Wright is concerning himself only with what the players can dictate and he insists there is a strong belief from within the changing room that they can get the job done.

“Control what you can control, don’t worry about things you can’t control,” said the 2012/13 young player of the year when asked about the feeling within the camp.

“Going out there on the pitch and getting the result is something that is down to us and we will prepare right and when it comes to crossing over that white line we have to give everything we have got.

“We all know that, that is the beauty of our squad, we are all honest with each other.

“If someone is not pulling in the right direction, they will very quickly be told by not just one but the whole dressing room, so that is why we have done well this year and I’m sure we will continue to do that over the next few weeks.”

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