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DJ Delighted To Be Back In Action

17 April 2018

After recovering from illness, Daniel Johnson was pleased to be back in action for North End in the win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The midfielder has been missing through illness, and after a spell on the sidelines with concussion prior to his illness, the 24-year-old is hoping to keep his place in the team as the Lilywhites look to close in on the Play-Off places.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of this weekend's visit of Norwich City, Johnson said: "The boys have been doing really well and I was happy to get back in the team and get some minutes at the weekend and most importantly we got the three points and we want to kick on.

"Fingers crossed nothing else happens, I've been through the wars the last couple of months but I'm happy to be back amongst the boys and ready to go again."

With just three points between North End and the top six, 'DJ' knows that three wins from the final three games could give PNE a great chance of reaching the Play-Offs and insists the focus needs to be on their own games and not those around them.

"Ultimately we have just got to concentrate on what we are doing, a few results didn't go our way with a few defeats but we picked ourselves back up and we got on with our job again.

"The win at the weekend was massive for us and then obviously this Saturday we've got another massive game.

"A few of the other teams play each other again so hopefully there will be a few results that go our way and we can win on Saturday.

On Saturday's opposition, Johnson continued: "Norwich haven't got anything to play for so they will turn up and just want to play football, we know what we are aiming for so we have to concentrate on that and make sure that we don't mess up at the weekend and we get the three points.

"With the versatility that we've got in this squad it's really good, everyone wants to play every week but it's down to the manager to decide what he thinks is the best team on the day to get the job done.

"I've always said since I've been here, this is a together group so there are never any bad eggs, everyone is together and we all know what we need to do."

And with just two home games remaining of the regular season, the former Aston Villa man is hoping the Deepdale faithful can get behind the boys for a final push for the Play-Offs.

"The fans have been really good this season, they've stuck with us through the good and bads times so hopefully there will be a lot of fans out there at the weekend to support us and I'm sure we will get the job done."

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


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