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Welsh Praises Battling Spirit

12 February 2018

John Welsh feels that the hard-earned point against Brentford last weekend shows the battling spirit of manager Alex Neil’s side.

PNE have a testing run of fixtures coming up, beginning this Saturday when Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Deepdale.

Welsh believes that the squad’s mentality gives them a good chance of getting a result this weekend. Speaking to iFollow PNE, Welsh said: “We’ve got a great bunch of lads here and when your backs are against the wall there’s not another bunch of lads that you’d want with you.

“When you go to Brentford you always know it’s going to be a tough game, so we knew it was going to be difficult. The lads were brilliant and fought for every ball. Credit to the boys, they kept going, kept fighting for each other and I thought we deserved a point in the end.”

PNE were narrowly beaten at Molineux in October, but Welsh feels that Neil’s side can cause an upset on Saturday.

“Obviously, we know where they are, how many points they’ve got, the money they’ve spent.

“They’re in great form but so are we. If we can play our best and stick to the game plan I think we’re confident of beating anyone.

“We’ve got a great run of games coming up now. It’s going to be a very tough game, but I think if you put us up against anyone at the minute we’d make a game of it certainly.”

North End sit seventh in the Championship, just three points off the Play-Off places. The midfielder thinks that there are plenty of positives from being in touching distance as the season begins to wrap-up.

“Seventh suits us because we’re young, we’re hungry and we’re always aiming for something.

“Sometimes when you’ve got something you can lose sight of it. We know what the goal is and what we need to do.

“We’ve had conversations about getting into the top six, and adrenaline getting us through the last couple of games. But as I said, it’s a young squad and I don’t think we’ll run out of energy.

“We want to break into the top six, and then hopefully into the top two or three. They’re the goals and we know what we need to do to get there.

“We’ve got young, hungry players. Players that want to play. Players that want to win. It’s definitely an exciting back-end of the season for us as a squad.”

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


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