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Gally 'Happy To Play Through The Pain'

18 April 2016

Paul Gallagher insists he is happy to play through the pain barrier in order to help the Club in the final run in.

Though his performances haven't suggested he is injured, the midfielder has been playing with a groin problem for months, but the midfielder is happy to wait for surgery until the season is over and give his all for PNE in that time.

Speaking to PNE PlayerHD ahead of Tuesday's trip to Birmingham City, the 31-year-old said: "I've given everything all season, I've had it for quite a long time but I'm happy to play through the pain barrier to help get this Club to where it wants to be.

"For us to be in the top ten at this time of the year in the Championship in our first season back is an incredible achievement. I am sure we were probably one of the favourites to go straight back down so we've shown some great character and great team spirit and some great ability to be where we are in the division.

"When you look at the players we've had missing for many months of the season, it's a true credit to the staff and to the players to acheive where we are in the league.

"But we don't want to just rest on our laurels and stay where we are, we want to try and get a bit higher, that's how ambitious we are as a team and as a football club.

"It's been a good first season back but we want to try and finish it off in the right way."

Tuesday night's game is the first of two games in four days for PNE, the second being a local derby against Burnley live on Sky on Friday night, but Gallagher knows all of the focus must first be on the trip to St Andrew's.

"We need to look at the first game first, and that's Birmingham away, they've had a good season themselves so we know it's going to be difficult.

"On our travels we have done quite well this season and managed to pick up quite a few points so we go there looking to bounce back with a reaction from a poor second half on Saturday.

"It's down to us to go down there and roll our sleeves up and give 110 per cent performance."

To hear more from Paul, go to PNE PlayerHD now by clicking on the video below.

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