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Hunts Hoping To Create More Memories

26 January 2018

Ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie with Sheffield United, Paul Huntington fondly recalled the last encounter between the two sides in the competition.

North End met the Blades at the same stage of the FA Cup in 2015, a game which proved to be a turning point in what became a memorable season for the club.

The Lilywhites came from behind to win the tie, setting up a fifth round clash at Deepdale against Premier League giants Manchester United, before going on to win promotion to the Championship later that season.

Huntington was on the scoresheet at Bramall Lane that night, and on the game, he said: "I can't remember too much about the game itself, just that we turned it around quite quickly in he second half and it was a big win for us.

"It was a good few years ago now, it was a bit of a catalyst really for us in that season.

"We lost in the league the game before that and then we bounced back and then had the Manchester United tie but for the rest of that league season we managed to go unbeaten until the last game really.

"Obviously we then went up through the Play-Offs so there are good memories and hopefully there's a few more of them to come."

After a disappointing performance against Birmingham City at the weekend, the defender is hoping North End can once again spark a reaction and secure a place in the fifth round.

"Things aren't always going to go as well as you would hope, but it's about getting that reaction.

"The work we've been doing on the training ground has been positive and the intensity has gone through the roof.

"I think we can learn from when we are not quite there as a group and it shows and we need to be on our mettle week in and week out."

The cup match is a chance to kickstart a winning run, and Huntington feels the next period of games before the next international break could be crucial in making sure the team have something to play for come the final run in.

"The manager has spoken about this next batch of games, there's 18 left in the league, he's spoken about putting in the hard work in the next eight or nine games to give us the possibility of doing something in the last batch of games.

"We've really got to look at putting in the ground work now to give ourselves the best opportunity for the last run of games. Then with players coming back I think it will stand us in good stead.

"We've just got to focus on the next batch of games and really look to pick up more points than we have done of late."

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