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Paul Huntington Praises ‘Attention To Detail’ Ahead Of Wembley

20 May 2015

The PNE centre back hails the preparation from the Lilywhites ahead of the big one on Sunday.

The Play-Off final clash against Swindon Town in four days-time is expected to be a tight affair, so Huntington and his colleagues are ensuring they cover all angles ahead of the weekend.
Huntington has played his part in seeing North End come out of the season with one of the best defensive records in the football league, and the number 23 is delighted with the preparations ahead of the date at the ‘home of football’.

“The attention to detail has been really good just to make sure that preparation is right and I’m sure the lads will be raring to go come Sunday,” told Huntington to the Club website.

“You want to enjoy it and look forward to it but obviously you’ve got to prepare and focus on the game rather than the occasion and hopefully make it one to remember.

“It’s about going about the game and focusing on our job individually and as a team - we’ll certainly enjoy it if we win but there’s a lot of hard work to do before we get there.

“The preparation will be the same for both teams. It’s not something you usually get in the season [two weeks to prepare] - we’ve had one or two international breaks from the league season but it is what it is.

“We’ve set out the preparation - the manager’s got the balance right between the rest and training. Last week we had a good week’s training and got the right balance of rest there as well. Towards the weekend now, we’re working towards the shape of the team, and preparing for what we’re going to do and how we’re going to approach it.”

Huntington has started in both of North End’s games against Sunday’s opponents – the first one a 1-0 loss away to the Robins earlier in the season – but the PNE man was on the right end of a 3-0 victory over Swindon at Deepdale less than a month ago.

Yet, Huntington believes those two games will have no bearing on the final outcome on Sunday evening.

“It’s going to be a different game,” added the Cumbrian to the one last month: “They’re a good side who play good attacking football and we know it will be a tough match.

“They pass the ball well and they’ve got a lot of threat in midfield and attack but at the same time we’ll be concentrating on ourselves and trying to implement our side of the game on them. It’s about going out there and doing something about it on the day.”

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