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Maguire: "It's A Brilliant Opportunity For Us"

1 May 2018

It's been quite the campaign for Sean Maguire in his first season in the Sky Bet Championship, despite missing four months through injury, the striker leads the goalscoring charts and has made his first start for his county during 2017/18 and is now hoping to help PNE secure a place in the top six to finish the season in style.

The striker admits that had he been offered this position when he made the move to Deepdale last summer, he would certainly have taken it and is hoping the team can get to where they deserve to be on Sunday afternoon when North End host Burton Albion.

Speaking to iFollow PNE on the opportunity ahead, Maguire said: "If you came to us at the start of the season and said we would we in this situation where we are in seventh place, two points off the Play-Offs and if we win the last game there is a possibility of us making the Play-Offs, we would have grabbed it with both hands.

"It's a brilliant opportunity for us, we need to just win on Sunday and not concentrate on results elsewhere but the most important thing is to try and get three points against a Burton Albion team that have been fighting at the moment. They will be coming here with a decent crowd, full of confidence and it's the same with us really.

"We've got a lot of confidence back in the group over the last couple of games. I felt that in the game on Saturday there wasn't much quality in both teams but as the gaffer said, whoever scored first was going to go on and win the game.

"I feel like we will bring a good crowd to Deepdale on Sunday and hopefully once again, like they've done all season, they will get behind us and we will get the three points that we really want to get.

North End sit just two points behind Derby County who sit sixth in the Championship, the Rams host Barnsley on Sunday who are in a relegation battle along with North End's opponents Burton Albion. Maguire feels that the pressure is on Derby to make the Play-Offs with little expectation on PNE from those outside the club.

"I feel like all of the pressure is on Derby, they are a team that with the budget they have they should be in the top six. We've been there or thereabouts all season, lingering in and around the top six and we are there at this stage in the season when nobody has really talked about us until this point.

"I still don't feel that many people fancy us creeping in to the top six and it's a credit to the manager and us players, obviously the teams that are behind us, the likes of Sheffield United, Bristol City, there was always talk about them all season and how well they've done and I don't think we got the credit that we deserved on how well we've done this season.

"I keep thinking about it, we can still do it, Barnsley need to win because they are in the bottom three, Burton need to win, they are not going to sit back and come to Deepdale and hope to pick up a point, they are going to have to go for it.

"So it's a strange one because in the two games there are two teams fighting for the Play-Offs and two teams fighting relegation."

Should North End break in to the Play-Off places on the final day, the 24-year-old insists it will be a challenge the Lilywhites squad will relish, adding: "I've said from the start of the season, if we do get in to the Play-Offs I fancy us against either one of the teams that are in there at the moment.

"Whether it's Cardiff or Fulham, we played Cardiff twice this season and beat them twice, in the two games we've played against Fulham, we could have come away with three points in either of those games, so any of the three teams in there won't want to play us with the way we play.

"Any time I speak to opposition teams they say they hate playing against us because of the way we set out, we frustrate teams and we get right in their faces, if we do make the Play-Offs I think its something we will relish."

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


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