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Becks: "It's A Massive Game"

21 April 2016

North End striker Jermaine Beckford is fully aware of the importance of Friday's derby clash with Burnley.

With local bragging rights at stake, and the visitors on a promotion charge, it is sure to be a tasty encounter, and it's one that  Becks and his teammates are relishing. 

"I look forward to every single game just because of everything that I've been through, however it's a massive game, we are under no illusions about that and I'm looking forward to it.

"It is a massive game and it's something that the supporters have been looking forward to for a long time, and the players, the staff and everybody connected with the football club.

"I'm sure the 11 that go out to start the game are going to give 100 per cent and we are going to leave it all out on the field.

With the game live on Sky Sports, Jermaine admits there is no added pressure for him in front of the cameras, and six goals in his last three live games would suggest that's true: "I feel like I'm quite comfortable in front of cameras so it's not something that really bothers me.

"We go out there and we are there to do a job so that's what we are going to try and do whether there's cameras there or nobody there. It's just me doing something that I really am passionate about.
 
The Burnley game it the first of just three games remaining, and the 32-year-old admits his disappointment that the season is coming to a close now he is back fit and ready to play.

"I'm just a little bit disappointed the season is coming to an end, I feel like I've got a lot more to offer which hopefully I've shown in a few of my performances but ultimately it's about being part of the team again and that's something that I've really missed.

"It's been a great season so far, don't get me wrong it's been frustrating being on the sidelines, but just watching has been a breath of fresh air as well because it's given me a new found hunger for the game.

"Obviously I got that back at the beginning of last year, but it's reiterated the desire that I have to stay and to play so fingers crossed we finish where I think we can."

To hear more from Jermaine on Friday's game, his return from injury and much more, watch the full interview on PNE PlayerHD by clicking on the video below.


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