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Alex Neil On Must Win Game For PNE

26 April 2018

Manager Alex Neil has reiterated the importance of victory on Saturday at Bramall Lane as his side look to keep their Play-Off hopes alive.

North End sit four points outside of the top six, but with six points still to play for it's game on as far as the gaffer and his team are concerned.

With a number of teams still in with a chance of making the Play-Offs, Saturday's game becomes even more crucial and the PNE boss is expecting an entertaining encounter against Sheffield United this weekend.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, the manager said: "I think at this stage of the season it's always great because it's make or break for a lot of teams and it's a tough place to go.

"I've been to Sheffield United quite a few times, I went there last season when they won the league and it was a really good atmosphere so I would imagine it would be very similar.

"It's strange because sometimes the more you go for it, the more you can cancel each other out to a certain extend so it will be an interesting game.

"I'm sure Chris [Wilder] will have his thoughts on it and how they plan on going about it, obviously we will have ours. We understand that we need to win the match, nothing other than a win is going to do, so we will approach it as such.

"I hope the game is much more entertaining than the cup game, because that wasn't a particularly good game. We have been in good form away from home so we want to go there and try and do the business for the fans and hope that they have a good day."

To make the top six, North End will be reliant on other results going their way but the manager isn't focusing on that and insist that first and foremost his team must do the business on the pitch before thinking about the results of others.

"When you start worrying about what is going on elsewhere then ultimately you've not done enough yourself. We have got to take care of our own business, the simple fact is we need to go and win this game and then see where that takes us and hopefully it goes to the last game.

"If it does, then it's going to be really exciting for everybody because then everybody will watch the other scores and that's the joy of football.

"We will wait and see what happens, on Saturday we just need to focus on that one, go and hopefully try and finish the season off strongly because we've had a good season in terms of being in and about it for such a long period of time. We certainly don't want it to peter out over these next two games.

Should North End fall short of a place in the top six, the gaffer is aware of what his side need to do to kick on next season, something that is an exciting prospect for the PNE boss.

"I don't think we look at our season and think we've done great, I think we look at our season and think we have done well however we wanted to try and get there and if we had done certain bits a bit better then we might have got there.

"You can do that with most seasons, what we've got to make sure is that we get those decisions right that make games, if we can do that I'm excited for next season in terms of what we can bring.

"I think hopefully we will do a bit of work in the summer in terms of recruitment and we can only go in to next season stronger."

Watch the full interview with the gaffer ahead of the weekend by clicking on the video above.


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