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Harrop Eying Cup Run

4 January 2018

Josh Harrop is hoping PNE can kick-start a good run in the FA Cup this weekend at Wycombe Wanderers.

Should he feature at Adams Park, it will be the midfielder's first taste of action in the competition and despite a tough test against the League Two side, the former Manchester United youngster is targeting a cup run for North End this season.

Harrop started for the Lilywhites in the last league game against Middlesbrough, and is hoping to retain his place in the side for the trip to Wycombe.

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Speaking ahead of the game, the 22-year-old said: "I just want to be playing, I feel like I did well, I'm not as fit as I could be because I've not played as many minutes as I could have but it's about playing and doing well and that's what I want to be doing.

"Hopefully we can get a good run in the FA Cup, we want to do as well as possible, we want to try and win it, so obviously we've got to the win on Saturday to move forward.

"You can't take anything for granted no matter who you play against, we go there the same as if we were playing any game, we don't take the foot off the gas, we go and perform and try as hard as we can to win the game."

With manager Alex Neil expected to make some changes for the weekend, Harrop admits it's a chance for the players to stake their claim for a starting place with the competition high in the dressing room at present.

"If I play, hopefully I will be able to perform and do the best I can. Every time I do step out on the pitch I want to prove the manager can trust me and I can do the things he wants me to do.

"It's going to be competitive now, there's a lot of players, especially a lot of attacking players with the two new players that have come in, but it's only going to make us stronger and make us work harder as a team.

"We've got a good squad here so we will all work together anyway.

"Those lads have done really well who have played all those minutes so far without picking up injuries, and to be able to go in and perform well in every game credit to them. They will still want to be playing every game so the competition is going to be high in the team and it's only a good thing.

"The more players and the more competition the better we will perform."

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


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