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Focus Is On Ourselves Says Cunningham

19 February 2018

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With just over a dozen games to go this season, Greg Cunningham insists North End need to focus on themselves and not the teams around them.

The Lilywhites sit just three points outside of the top six, and with the business end of the season well and truly underway, the Irishman has reiterated the important of remaining focused as a team.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, Cunningham said: "There's 14 games to go, the teams down the bottom are going to be fighting for their lives, the teams around the Play-Offs are going to be looking to nip in there so there is still so much to play for.

"This is a very competitive league so we just need to make sure that we are on it, that we focus on ourselves, take every game as it comes and make sure that we are racking up those points."

A key element of the success so far this season is the belief in the squad, and Cunningham feels that will play an important role in the final few months of the season.

"After games when we don't win there is serious disappointment and that just shows the belief we have in the dressing room and we know what we can achieve.

"We want to be picking up those point so that come the first weekend in May we are where we want to be.

"We've got to look after ourselves and racking the points up and not relying on other teams dropping points but at the same time, every little helps!

"We got a good point at the weekend against Wolves, and now we will look towards Tuesday night with Villa away and look to put in a good performance.

The last encounter between North End and Tuesday night's hosts Aston Villa saw a 2-0 defeat at Deepdale, an evening of frustration for Alex Neil's side who were without the vast majority of defenders in the squad due to injury.

On that game and putting things right on Tuesday, the left back added: "It just seemed to be one of those evenings, it was very frustrating as a whole but we dusted ourselves off after that game and we went on a great run and I think we owe them one tomorrow.

"We are going to their place looking to get a result, simple as.

"They won eight in a row before the weekend so they will be looking to bounce back and keep their automatic promotion hopes alive.

We have prepared well today, we'll travel down there tomorrow and make sure we make a good account of ourselves and get the result we want."

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

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