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Gally Pleased With Contribution

20 December 2017

After coming back into the side in the last six weeks, Paul Gallagher is pleased with his contribution to the team both on and off the pitch.

Gallagher suffered a frustrating start to the 2017/18 campaign, with illness and injury hindering his chances in the first team.

But the 33-year-old has played a pivotal role in PNE's turn around in form which has seen the Lilywhites go six games unbeaten since the last international break.

On his form of late, the midfielder said: "I always knew I had something to give to the team, I'm obviously disappointed with what had gone on previously with the concussion, shingles, a tight hamstring and all of that. They boys were doing well so you've got to be patient and I feel like I still have a lot to give to this team on and off the pitch.

"Just being around the changing room, the players look up to me and it's good to see the young players ask me questions and you give them that advice because you've been there and done it.

"Just to be back playing is really good and I think people can see that I'm enjoying myself, on Saturday I was running around like an 18-year-old at times because I'm enjoying being out there.

"It's not all about me though, it's about the team, we were going through a little rough patch and it's good to come out the other end. To go six unbeaten is a very good stat to have in the Championship, it's such a demanding and competitive division and to go that many games unbeaten is a good achievement for us."

North End now face a busy festive period in the Championship, and Gallagher highlighted the importance of a good run over the Christmas schedule.

"It's a very important time of the season, it's a good time to be with your family as well but as a professional footballer it's one of the busiest times as well.

"If you can put a good run together at this time of year, you can put yourselves in a good position in the league.

"Leading up to it we've had a good little run of games that we've managed to win and now we've got to go into this little period and try and come out of it with some more good results."

"We've got the momentum going into the Christmas period and we will have to use the squad because there are a lot of games in a short period of time. One thing that we have got here is a good squad and the lads who have come in have done really well.

"People coming off the bench, effecting the game, we are going to need everybody. It will be a tough game on Saturday against Nottingham Forest but one that we are looking to go and win."

Watch the full interview on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.


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