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Added Motivation For McGeady

1 December 2016

Winger Aiden McGeady admits there will be an added motivation for him this weekend when PNE face Sheffield Wednesday.

McGeady spent time on loan at the Yorkshire club last season, and feels he is going back with a point to prove on Saturday. 

Speaking of his return to Hillsborough, the Republic of Ireland international said: "I didn't really have the best of times at Hillsborough. Towards the end I kind of lost my place in the team and then towards the end of the season when the team were in the Play-Offs I wasn't really playing at all, so I am probably going back with a point to prove I suppose. 

"There is an added motivation, especially when you are going somewhere that you would want to do well and probably get one over on them.

"It's not the be all and end all, obviously the most important thing is that we come away with a good result but personally, obviously there is a bit more motivation there. 

North End will be expecting a different game this weekend to the last couple of Championship fixtures, with the pressure more on the home side to get a result. 

Speaking of being the underdogs once again this weekend, the 30-year-old said:"We've had a lot of good results over the last couple of months and we have had that underdog tag quite a bit over the last couple of months and it's helped us. 

"Hopefully we can do the same against and play against Wednesday in the same kind of way that we have been playing against the so-called bigger teams in the league.

McGeady is hoping that if North End can get on the front foot early on, it will be beneficial to Simon Grayson's side. 

"I know what it's like playing at Hillsborough with the fans, they are obviously a big club with a big following and a big fan base.

"They have a lot of pressure on them this season I think to do well and to go up. Even when I was there last season there was an onus on the team to be right up there in the Play-Offs, if not finishing second, because at one point when I was there last season we had a chance to do that.

"When things don't really go that well it can definitely help you as the opposition. We've seen with the games such as Norwich away that when things are going too well for the home team the fans start getting anxious and get on their team's back and I think we can use that to our advantage."

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