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Hunts On Blades Test

14 December 2017

After a flying start to life back in the Championship for Sheffield United, PNE's Paul Huntington is expecting a battle for the points against the Blades on Saturday at Deepdale.

Chris Wilder's side go into Saturday's game without a win in four games, but their early season form showed their capabilities in the division and Huntington insists North End will be well aware of their threats ahead of the game.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the weekend, Huntington said: "From what I've seen of them this season, they are a good side, they like to play attacking football, they play a little bit a different formation but they are riding the crest of a wave and I'm sure it will be another tough game for us.

"They get a lot of bodies forward, I saw the game last week, the sending off changed the game, but they are obviously a very open and attacking side that like to get numbers forward and into the box.

"I'm sure we will be aware of that and doing work out on the training pitch to set our gameplan upon them and impose our game as well as being aware of their attacking threat.

"They are obviously quite a big club, it took them quite a few years to get out of League One and they probably underachieved for a number of years and they are obviously enjoying being in the Championship.

North End are yet to face the Blades this season, but the squad will be working hard alongside the management team to ensure they are prepared for the clash.

"They are a bit of an unknown still like when we came up, not a lot of people knew about the way we play and what we are about.

"As we get more into the season we are starting to see a bit more of how teams play. This is the first time we've faced them but you get a feel through watching games and through the analysis and the videos that we do.

"We are well aware of what they are all about and we will be looking to carry on the good form we are in."

North End have won three of the last four games and although he admits there is still plenty to work on, the PNE No.23 is hoping to continue the side's form of late and

"I thought our performance was good [against Burton Albion], obviously there's things we can improve on we know that.

"We will be working on them to keep improving, we are far from the finished article and we know we have got to be on our mettle this weekend to carry on the good work we've put in over recent weeks.

"I'm sure it will be a good game and we are looking forward to it."

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


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