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Harrop Pleased With Progress

15 December 2017

In his first season at the club, Josh Harrop is pleased with the progress he is making as he continues to adapt to life in the Championship.

Harrop has made an impact off the bench in his last two games for North End which saw victories over Queens Park Rangers and Burton Albion and the 22-year-old is happy with how he is performing of late.

"We've got some good results recently, the last two games I've come on and had an impact to help get the win in those games so I'm delighted with that," Harrop told iFollow PNE ahead of the visit of Sheffield United.

"The QPR game was a bit different, they went down to ten men so the manager said to go and impact the game and the ways he wanted me to do that and I think I did that.

"The next game I came on against a team where we've tired them out in the first half and he's said come on and do what you do and try and get the win for us and that's happened on both occasions so I'm happy."

North End have seen a turnaround in form in recent weeks which has coincided with a number of key players returning from injury, and Harrop admits that is no coincidence.

"It's like any team, you take the core of the defence out of a team and it's going to affect things. There are other players to fill in but collectively you need your starting back four to be fit and that was a key part in losing a few games but we got back from that together and we're stronger.

"All of the players are good players, everyone knows that, it's just coming in and having to adapt to the changes so fast, it wasn't easy but we are feeling confident and feel that we can get the results that we need.

With back to back home games ahead of Christmas, Harrop feels the upcoming games could be key and is aiming to help propel the Lilywhites up the table over the festive period.

"The next few games are key games in the league, these games can push up back up there towards the top of the league where we want to be so we are going to go for all three points in the games we've got coming up over Christmas.

"I think that's the good thing with this league, you've got to keep winning the games to stay up there, if you lose a couple you will drop down quite far so it's about winning the games and staying strong as a team and performing well.

"There's always a good spirit around Christmas and hopefully all of the fans will be excited to watch us against Sheffield United and hopefully we will get the three points we want. We just want to go out there and perform and do the best we can."

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


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