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Gallagher Aiming To 'Put It Right'

31 March 2018

With just two points separating the two sides, Paul Gallagher is looking to put things right with victory over fifth-placed Derby County in Monday's early kick-off, as North End look to bounce back from Good Friday's defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Despite the disappointment at Hillsborough, the squad won't be dwelling on the result with a chance to move into the top six on Easter Monday as North End host Gary Rowett's Rams at Deepdale.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the clash with fellow Play-Off hopefuls Derby, the 33-year-old said: "The manager and the experienced players have been saying that we can't dwell on it, it's got to hurt now but luckily we've got another game on Monday where we can put it right.

"It becomes a big game looking at the results of the other teams after the games, but we just need to focus on ourselves.

"We kick off early on Monday so if we get a good result on Monday when the other teams look at it we could be sitting fifth if we put in a good performance and get a good result, and then it puts pressure on the other teams.

"It's about what we do though and we are just disappointed that sometimes at this stage of the season, you don't mind playing bad if you get the win, we put in a pretty decent performance and came away with nothing which was disappointing."

"We've worked so hard to get to this point in the season where we've got a chance, we don't just want to throw it away. You've got to stick your chest out and go again, there's still plenty of games to go and points to play for, we have to start by winning on Monday," Gallagher continued.

"I've said it many times before, this team doesn't get too carried away when we win and we don't get too down when we lose, so it's about the team spirit coming together and making a real push until the end of the season now.

"We are capable of going on a run of not losing until the end of the season, winning and drawing, but we need to start really winning games. It doesn't really matter how we do it, the performance might not be there but if you get the three points that's all we want to do now.

"It's about what we do, it's going to be a tough game on Monday because both teams are looking for a reaction, both have been on the end of a defeat and the prize is massive.

"If you can get on those Play-Offs you give yourself a really good chance of getting in to the Premier League but we have to take each game as it comes and the next one is Derby."

Monday's clash will see the Deepdale faithful celebrate Retro Day, a fan-led event where supporters show off their old North End shirts, and Gallagher feels it will only add to the atmosphere in a game where the midfielder hopes PNE can kickstart a winning run.

"I'm sure it will be a good day, the fans here at Preston do like to celebrate days like this and it gives everyone a lift around the ground. I think I've still got a shirt from 2007 which is quite retro!

"I'm sure the crowd will come out, it's on TV as well but we've got to try and get Deepdale buzzing again.

"We've only lost three games in the last 20 or something, but coming in to the business end of the season we want to finish on a real high.

"That's what we are going to be looking to do, you can't dwell on the last game, it's been and gone, it's about how you come back and react and usually when we've had a defeat we bounce back really quickly and get a good run going and pick up the momentum."

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


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