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Rudd: "We’ve Got To Embrace The Position We’re In"

12 April 2018

Declan Rudd believes that PNE need to embrace the position the club finds themselves in as the end of the season draws in.

North End currently sit 11th in the table but are only five points off the Play-Off places, with plenty of fixtures between their rivals to come in the remaining games of the season.

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Speaking to iFollowPNE, Rudd said: “We’ve got to embrace the position we’re in, we’ve been lucky in the last couple of weeks that we haven’t got the right results that we should have got but results elsewhere have gone our way which has left us within touching distance still.

“We now need to make the most of that situation, being in this position that maybe we shouldn’t have been in after recent results.

“We’re obviously doing something right to be in this position and why not give it a go? We have nothing to lose.

“If we go out there, give it everything to try and win the game – win, lose or draw we still need to give it everything. If we win, we give ourselves a great chance of doing something special.

“It’s a bit of a crazy weekend with games, I think if you could write the fixtures that you would want to be playing whilst we were playing our game I think you would put them in there.

“We’ve sat here before and said that it doesn’t matter about anyone it’s about us – that’s how we need to go about it. We need to just block that out of our mind and concentrate on ourselves.”

The Lilywhites made a second half comeback to comfortably beat Leeds on Tuesday, the PNE 'keeper doesn’t think that a lot has changed between the win and the recent losses.

“Playing a team like Leeds is quite dangerous at this time of the season. One, they’re all playing for their places for next year and two, they’ve got no pressure.

“They had a few more opportunities but I think the only difference between Tuesday night and the three previous games is our shots went in during the second half.

“We’ve been so unlucky in front of goal. Some call it luck, some quality – but we’ve got the quality. We’ve been hitting the post, hitting the bar, missing by inches.

“The pleasing thing is we kept going, we didn’t give up and it shows that if you don’t give up you get what you deserve and that’s what we got on Tuesday night.”

Having played with the club in League One, Dec see’s the progression that the club has made over the last few years as a good sign of things to come.

“It shows what position the club is in, to be pushing for promotion to the Premier League. If you’d said that a couple of years ago I think a lot of people outside of the football club would have laughed at you.

“But the belief at this training ground and the belief at the stadium, the belief in the fans; it’s helping us push towards that objective. And why not? There’s been a lot smaller clubs to do it than us, who says we don’t deserve that ourselves.”

Watch the full interview with Declan Rudd by clicking on the video above.


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