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Back To Basics For Gally

16 November 2017

Paul Gallagher feels North End need to go back to basics on Friday night against Bolton Wanderers at Deepdale.

North End are looking to get back to winning ways and the experienced midfielder feels the derby atmosphere under the lights will be the best way to do that.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the visit of Phil Parkinson's side, Gallagher said: "It's one we are all looking forward to, when you lose a game going into the international break you want to bounce back with a big game.

"It's live on Sky, under the lights, hopefully there will be a big crowd there and we need to try and get back to winning ways.

"Bolton have started picking up with some good results but we need to stick together and try and get a win on Friday.

"Every derby we've played in we've done well in since I've been here and we've had some good days. We know it's going to be difficult but we are all looking forward to it, we just want to get back to being hard to play against, keep a clean sheet and we know we've got players at the attacking end that can hurt teams.

"It's all about being disciplined and trying to stay in the game and take their chances when they come along."

Despite the number of injuries in the side, the 33-year-old expects those who are called upon to step up and do everything to get the three points.

"Sometimes you have to go back to basics, we've had it a few times where we've lost maybe two or three games on the bounce and we've gone back to basics and come out with a good result.

"All of the lads know what needs to be done. We have had a number of injures which is incredible but the players are here to play so the lads that have been called upon have to come in and do the job.

"That's why they are at the football club, so we can't moan about it, it's part and parcel of football, all we have to do is roll our sleeves up and dig in and try and get three points.

"The players have been here a number of years, they know how the football club works, how the changing room is run, we are all a close knit group so the young lads that are around it sense it quite early and they know what is demanded from them.

"As an older player you can have words with the younger lads to give them a bit of information but they are a good group and they respect the older lads as well and they do listen.

"There are a lot in there that are young but have played a lot of games, they are doing well, they had a great start to the season, we've had a little blip but I'm sure we can bounce back and there is no better way than a local derby on Friday."

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


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