When Sam Johnstone signed on loan from Old Trafford in the middle of January, he probably didn’t expect that he would miss four of the first nine games after his arrival.
“It feels like I haven’t played many games, even though I have played every game I have been available for,” he told The One And Only matchday programme ahead of the visit of the Saddlers. “The manager and I both knew that I was cup tied before I signed, but it has been difficult to go in and out of the side. Stucky has done well when he has come in and he has helped me when I’ve played and I have done likewise, even though I haven’t been able to be on the bench.
“It has been a little bit difficult and a little bit in and out, but hopefully now I can get a run going and keep pushing towards those top two positions.
“Stucky pushes me every day in training and hopefully I can perform and stay in the team until the end of the season and help the lads to go up.
“We can now concentrate on the league. We have picked up a couple of good results and our aim is to keep pushing and putting the pressure on the teams above us and ultimately to overtake them and get into those top two spots.”
You can read more from Sam in our extended interview with the Manchester United loanee in the 100-page edition of Tuesday night’s programme; this also includes features and interviews with Jordan Hugill, Bailey Wright, Scott Laird, Joe Garner, Sean St. Ledger and Thorsten Stuckmann.
We also have a dozen pages about our visitors from down the M6 and we have some fantastic unseen images in our big picture section – all this and so much more packed into the 23rd 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 Tuesday afternoon from the Club shop, online and in person from our sellers inside and outside of Deepdale.
Don’t forget; The One And Only is also available to download on your iPhone and iPad via the Matchday Digital app.
The Matchday Digital App allows you to view the North End programme anytime, anywhere. You can make one-off purchases or take out a season pass so you are subscribed to the whole season. If you can’t make the game, simply download the programme on the Matchday Digital app and be part of the game.
The slick digital version comes with all the content you would have in the printed programme, but with added features including:
• Programmes available to fans any time, anywhere
• Download back copies from past games
• Programmes will be made available for purchase worldwide
• Easy to use curl or slide ‘turn page’ technology
• Keyword search taking you straight to a particular player or feature
• Pinch screen feature to zoom into articles or images
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• The Matchday Digital app is free to download on to your iPhone/iPad.
Preston North End supporters can download an individual issue at £2.99 or take out a season pass for £49.99.
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