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Johnson Not Surprised By Attacking Threat

2 March 2017

Daniel Johnson has revealed that he believes Preston North End are always capable of scoring ahead of this weekend’s Gentry Day trip to Fulham.

The Jamaican midfielder played the entirety of Saturday’s 2-1 home win against Queens Park Rangers – the most recent of the Lilywhites’ five game unbeaten run lasting the whole of February.

And after the team netted eight times in those five games last month, as well as surpassing the goal tally for the whole of last season’s Championship campaign, Johnson made clear the confidence that he has in the club’s attacking players.

“We’ve got the likes of Aiden McGeady, Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill being the top scorer with 11 goals at the moment,” Johnson told PNE PlayerHD.

“There’s a lot of goals flying in at the moment and if we can keep it tight at the back, I’m sure the boys at the top end will do what they’ve got to do."

The 24-year-old returned to the side last weekend but competition for places in the centre of midfield is fierce at the moment.

However, with the final games of the season approaching, Johnson believes that is important as the team aim to maintain their play-off push.

“It’s not really in our hands,” Johnson said of a potential push for a top six finish. “But we’ve just got to keep pushing, keep progressing and hopefully the teams above us can slip up and we can capitalise on that and pick up some points and hopefully we can get in that top six.

“Whatever the team the gaffer picks on the day, they’ve gone out and given their best. Obviously if we get injuries, like with myself I was out for a few games and there are a few other boys, then as soon as you get called upon you’ve just got to make sure that you’re ready and you’re fit and you do what you’ve got to do to stay in the team.”

Johnson also admitted that he is looking forward to the annual Gentry Day fixture but said he and his teammates would remain focused on earning a positive result.

He said: “Just seeing it last year when we played Bolton away, you could see all the fans and they were really up for the game. Obviously it was a special day for the fans and the football club. 

“So everyone’s looking forward to it, but most importantly we’ve just got to keep focused and make sure that we’re fully focused on what we’ve got to do.”

You can watch the full interview with DJ on PNE Player now by clicking on the video below.

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