It’s super six time. There are six games, 540 minutes – give or take a bit of injury time – 18 points and everything to play for and Calum Woods says its cup final time at Deepdale.
The defender has had a stop start first season in PR1, injuries preventing him playing more games, however, with half a dozen matches to go he is not concerned with how much game time he is going to get, it is all about collective team success.
The 28-year-old scouser told the matchday programme that whilst nerves may be available in abundance on the terraces, in the dressing room they are looking forward to every game, none more so than the clash with the Robins.
“You just have to concentrate on playing your own game; playing the way we have been playing,” he told the matchday programme of how they will be approaching the last few matches of the season. “You have to try and block everything else out and take each game as it comes.
“Every game is like a cup final now and we just have to keep pushing right through to the end.
“There aren’t any extra nerves. It is exciting – everyone wants to get promoted and we have got ourselves into a good position and we are not far off where we want to be and we now just need to keep pushing on until the end of the season.
“Belief and confidence are two very important factors at this stage of the season. When you are playing well and you look around the dressing room and see the group of players that we have, you believe that we can get there.
“We have a strong attacking force and we have kept a lot of clean sheets, with the best defensive record in the division, and they are two key things – in fact they are the main factors needed for success in football.
“We have got players who we know are going to score goals and defensively we work as a unit and everyone is willing to do their job and put their body on the line to keep clean sheets, which is a good sign.
“The manager has done it before… a few times. He knows what it takes to get promoted and he has a good staff and a group of players who are eager to do it again. Everyone is hungry and determined.”
You can read more from Calum in our extended interview in the 100-page edition of Friday’s programme; this also includes features and interviews with Jon Parkin, Neil Mellor, Ian Bryson, Gary Peters, Neil McDonald, Daniel Johnson and Jermaine Beckford.
We also have a dozen pages about our visitors from the west country and we have some fantastic unseen images in our big picture section – all this and so much more packed into the 28th edition of the season.
It will be available on the night still for the fantastic value price of just £3. They will be on sale from Thursday afternoon from the Club shop, online and in person from our sellers inside and outside of Deepdale.
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