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Welshy: "Winning Brings Confidence"

22 August 2016

North End midfielder John Welsh has got that winning feeling back after returning to the side and picking up three points at the weekend.

Welsh came into the starting Xl against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday as PNE picked up their first win of the 2016/17 league campaign. 

With a quick turnaround of games once again with an EFL Cup tie against Oldham on Tuesday night, the 32-year-old is hoping for more of the same from the squad after a brilliant performance at the weekend. 

Speaking to PNE PlayerHD ahead of Tuesday night's game, the tough-tackling midfielder said: "Winning brings with it confidence and every player is better with a bit of confidence. 

"Oldham will be a tough team, we played them pre-season so we know a little bit about them, it's just about getting the basics right and with the players that we've got throughout the whole squad, you're always going to get quality with the ball so I think it's just about getting everything right off the ball really. 

"We've got players who hurt teams, players who can score so we get the physical side and the defensive side right then I'm sure we will score goals. 

"I felt everyone was enjoying it on Saturday, not just on the ball but I think people enjoyed it without the ball as well. We were all working hard for each other, there were tackles coming in and it was a good environment to be in.

"When you get that right and get the basics right, the flair players will try things and be confident and that's when they can express themselves.

"I think coming off the back of that, if we get the basics right we can build and build on that. We've got great players in the squad like Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson, so I'm sure there will be more chances to express themselves."

The result meant even more for Welsh who played his first minutes of the season, having watched the first three league games from the stands, and the former Liverpool man was delighted to be involved. 

"People see it as a job but it's something that I love doing. I want to be playing football every weekend, you train hard and you work hard and you want something at the end of it to show how you're doing and it's something to look forward to. 

"It is hard, sitting in the stands isn't nice, I'm not really a good watcher of football when I want to be playing so it was just nice.

"The gaffer named the team coming out of the hotel and I was texting people and ringing people telling them I was starting.

"It was just getting that fire in your belly when you know you're going into a game, it's just a nice feeling to get back to really."

You can hear more from John Welsh on PNE PlayerHD now by clicking on the video below.


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