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Play-Offs In Reach Says Paul Gallagher

29 January 2018

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Paul Gallagher feels if North End can reach the standards they set in the first half of the season, there is no reason why the Lilywhites can't reach the top six in the Championship.

North End has lost just once in the last 12 league games, but with six draws in that run, and the 33-year-old knows the team must turn those draws into wins to achieve their goals this season.

Speaking to iFollow PNE on the side's recent form, the midfielder said: "I think the last two games have been disappointing from our own standards, this season we have had really good standards and we need to try and get back there.

"I know a lot of people say the result is more important but sometimes we want to really put on a performance and get the result as well.

"We are coming into the business end of the season, a lot of teams and a lot of people are just happy with a win. Sometimes, a sign of a good team is winning when you are not playing well and it can take you a long way but we want to try and get back to the standards that we set ourselves most of the season.

"I think we have only been off two games of the season really and we want to get back and get three points and try and catch those Play-Offs.

"I think we have lost two in 14 games but there are a lot of draws in there as well, if we can get back to where we had three wins in a row, that can really push you on and give you that momentum and clubs start looking over their shoulder then and recognising that Preston North End are coming and they've got a bit of momentum.

"That's what we want to try and create, especially at home, we want to try and get those wins at home, we've been picking up too many draws there, we want to try and make Deepdale a hard place to come and come away with wins. Back to back wins can push you up the division and get everyone believing again.

Gallagher accepts that a dip in standards is inevitable in what is a long season in the Championship, but insists it is about how you respond to that and he's targeting the start of a winning run on Tuesday night when the Lilywhites take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday night.

"It is going to be difficult to go through a full season with those standards and the performances, you are going to have one or two off days, but to be fair we haven't had many and we are looking to try and get back at it.

"It's going to be a tough game at Nottingham Forest, they are under a new manager since last time we played, but we go there trying to win the game. We are in the business end of the season, wins are important, we want to try and get as many three points as we can and try and turn draws into wins and that will catapult us up the league and get us Into those Play-Offs.

"We will go there and give them the respect they deserve, but we want to go there and win. It's a lovely place to go and play football the City Ground, it's an old fashioned ground and I enjoy playing there but I will like it more if we come away with three points." He continued.

"We want to try and get our season back on track, you don't want to develop a gap where you are starting to drift away, you want to stay with it and we are looking to do that come Tuesday night.

"Hopefully we can go there, stamp our authority on the game, we are going to have to work hard and do the basics right.

"When we were having a sticky patch and lost a lot of defenders we just went back to the basics and that seemed to help us quite a lot and we started getting points and wins and the confidence was growing back and you could see it in the players and the belief came back.

Putting recent form into perspective, the midfielder added: "I'm sure we will get that back, its not like we are sitting here saying we have lost five or six game on the bounce, but that shows the standards we have got.

"We drew against Birmingham and we were unlucky to go out of the cup but with the standards that we have shown it's disappointing."

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

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