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Hunts Remaining Focused

30 March 2017

With eight games to go and just five points separating PNE from the top six, Paul Huntington is remaining focused on the job at hand.

The North End defender insists the squad won't be getting carried away as they focus on the next game against Nottingham Forest this weekend. 
On the last eight games of the season, the 28-year-old said: "It's hard to say it's really exciting because you are just focusing on the game in the same way you would approach any game but without a doubt we will be fighting and scrapping for every point we can get between now and the end of the season which I think we've always done. 
"We've gone into every game with the same approach which is looking to win the game. We've got a couple of home games now, they will all be tough fixtures but we are looking forward to the business end of the season and looking to finish as strongly as possible. 
"We can't afford to get drawn into looking at other games and things like that, we've got Nottingham Forest on Saturday, they've got a new manager, they will be looking to impress as Blackburn Rovers were recently. 
"Their form hadn't been as good throughout the season but bringing the new manager in changed that so we will be under no illusions that it will be a tough game. 
"We are looking forward to the rest of the season and trying to finish as high as we can. 
The game comes after the last international break of the campaign, and Hunts feels that the squad have had the right balance of hard work and rest ahead of a packed April schedule. 
"After the Blackburn game it was good to have two days off to rest up and then it's about getting the balance between training hard when we are training and getting the rest in. 
"We are at the end of March, a lot of the lads have played a lot of games and it's a long season and there's obviously another big eight games to go. 
"It's just getting that balance but when we have trained we have trained at a really high intensity. I know we've not had a game but at the end of last week we had a game amongst ourselves to keep ourselves ticking over and the training, even though the numbers have been a bit smaller, it's been a high intensity and a real good tempo.
"In between that we've had a couple of days off last weekend, and it's been a normal week building up to the game this weekend.
"Obviously we enjoyed the couple of days off to rest and now we are looking forward to getting back into things now, that's what you want as a footballer, you want the games to come thick and fast. 

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