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McGeady: There's A Pressure Amongst Ourselves

6 April 2017

Aiden McGeady feels the only pressure on North End at the moment is that from within the squad itself.

The Lilywhites closed the gap on the top six on Tuesday night to just five points, but McGeady insists there is no added expectation on the team going into the final six games of the season. 
 
On the side's recent form, McGeady told PNE PlayerHD: "We've been playing well recently, I think the only blip really was Fulham. The Forest game we didn't really start well, we didn't play well the first half but we played well the second half. 
 
"Against Bristol we played really well and got a convincing victory at 5-0 and a clean sheet. There's a good mood in the camp, no one's really saying 'we can do this, we can do that, we can make the Play-Offs' but we are just quietly going about our business and seeing what happens as it's out of our hands really at the minute. 
 
"I think there's pressure amongst ourselves that you put on yourself to try and win every game, otherwise why are you in the business but I wouldn't say there was massive amounts of pressure on us from the manager or even from the fans.
 
"Obviously everyone is hoping that we could sneak into the Play-Offs. The expectation levels aren't going to be what they are at other clubs considering two seasons ago this team was in League One.
 
"The team had a good season last year and we are building on that this year obviously we are doing that without a massive budget. 
 
"The onus is on the teams who have spent a lot of money to be in the Play-Offs and I don't really think we fall into that bracket."
 
Next up for Simon Grayson's side is a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United, the first of back to back away games against teams in the Play-Offs. 
 
On the final six games, McGeady continued:  "There are a lot of big games coming up, a lot of big games. Leeds first and obviously they are a massive club. They've had a really good season, they are a sleeping giant really because they probably should be in the Premier League and they've obviously been a very successful club in the past.
 
'We have a lot of big games away, and we have Norwich at home in there as well who are obviously another big club so the season is finishing well for us and we have some big games to look forward to."
 

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