Josh Harrop feels like the hard work he has put in during his rehabilitation, and during his time on the training pitch, has paid off for him, scoring in tonight’s win.
North End’s no.10 scored the final of PNE’s three goals this evening, as the Lilywhites ran out 3-1 winners over Stoke at Deepdale, in front of the television cameras.
Goals from Daniel Johnson and Billy Bodin in the first half gave PNE a lead going into the break, with Harrop’s goal coming before James McClean hit a consolation goal for the visitors.
Having missed the majority of last season through injury, Harrop is pleased that his hard work, alongside fellow goalscorer Billy Bodin, has paid off.
Speaking to iFollow PNE, he said: “It’s a great feeling, I missed out so much last year with injury.
“All those hours you put in working hard are for moments like this.
“It’s a great feeling for me and it’s a great win for the lads in general.
“With a long-term injury like that you have to find your feet again.
“I was in no rush coming into the pre-season. I knew I had to take my time getting back.
“I had to start feeling good again. My chance came tonight and I took it.
“When I see him [Billy Bodin] score and when I see him do well it makes me happy. I spent so much time with him, I’ve seen his ups and downs and I’m just glad for both of us.”
Having played well but lost leading into tonight’s game, Harrop that taking chances and a little extra luck helped North End along their way.
“Even the games we’ve been beaten we’ve played well, it’s just unfortunate we’ve not taken the chances we maybe needed to.
“Tonight we took our chances, a bit of luck well for us and we played well as a team. We worked hard and it was an overall good performance.”
Looking ahead to the Sheffield Wednesday clash at the weekend, the midfielder believes North End will be feeling fresh for the encounter.
“We go into that fresh, we’ll get our recovery in now.
“We’ll go back to the training ground, we’ll be confident of the back of that performance tonight. The lads did well and everyone is feeling good.”
You can watch the full interview with Josh Harrop on iFollow PNE by clicking the video above.