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Keith Keane: “Dressing Room Mood Is Positive”

13 May 2014

Keith Keane says the mood inside the Preston North End dressing room is positive heading into Thursday’s Play-Off semi-final second leg.

The Lilywhites travel to Rotherham United’s New York Stadium with the tie finely poised at 1-1 following Joe Garner’s spectacular equaliser at Deepdale on Saturday.

And Keane reckons that if North End can improve on what he thinks was a lacklustre display in the first leg then they have every chance of reaching the final at Wembley.

“The mood is very positive; I think we all know that we didn’t do ourselves justice in the last game,” he told PNE.Com in an exclusive interview.

“We still managed to come away 1-1, very much in the game, so we know that if we play better than we did or if we play as well as we can we’re more than confident we can reach the final.”

Steve Evans’ Millers looked dangerous on the counter attack during the first leg, especially in the first half, and Keane does not expect Preston’s opponents to stray from their usual playing style this week.

“Rotherham don’t really change, they have one way of playing and that’s how they play,” he said.

“They’re a tough, physical side, play very high tempo to the game, they close you down quickly, they’ve got two big boys up front who are very good at what they’re doing and you’ve got to handle that.

“We’ve played them three times this season so we should be more than prepared for what’s going to happen and we’ve just got to make sure we’re up to the task.”

Once again, North End have sold their full allocation of tickets in the away end with 1,200 Preston fans expected to be in attendance at the New York Stadium.

Keane heaped praise on the Club's supporters for their immense backing throughout the 2013/14 season and the midfielder wants more of the same on Thursday night.

“The fans have been great following us all year, they’ve been fantastic singing all the time, backing us,” he said.

“I expect they will do the same again on Thursday and the boys are going to do our best to try and send them home happy.”

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