Preston North End No.2 Darnell Fisher has been part of a defensive unit that has picked up back-to-back clean sheets and he is looking to continue the good form in this weekend’s derby clash.
The Lilywhites make the short trip to face Phil Parkinson’s Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with a sold out away following backing the team.
And the right back feels it will be a tough day, but that big PNE support can play their part as the team look to extend their four-match unbeaten run.
“We are in good form,” he told iFollow PNE. “We know it will be tough, being a derby, but we will be going there looking for another positive result.
“Around the country, form does go out of the window in derby games, but we are ready for it and hopefully we will do well.
“Hopefully we can give the sold out away end a day that they can enjoy and hopefully they will get behind us and give us what we need – the boost that could make the difference.”
Going into the game the side have picked up seven points from their last three games, with an unchanged side selected by manager Alex Neil and the 25-year-old thinks that the consistency has helped them and that he, personally, is starting to find a rhythm from the matches under his belt.
“It has been good the last three games,” he continued. “We have picked up points in the two away games and then the point at home – which we should have maybe won, but a point is a point, especially in this league against a team like Derby.
“We haven’t had too many clean sheets this season, so getting two back-to-back is pleasing; especially away at Stoke. To go there and get a clean sheet and then do it again at home, especially with the fire power that Derby have got, is pleasing.
“The wins we have got, we have controlled the game in a positive way, especially against QPR and Stoke. It is a different print on the team at the moment.
“Having a settled team has helped us 100 per cent. When you play with the same person, you know their game inside out. You know that is they go one way, you have to tuck yourself round – it is just part of the game and it is good to know you are playing alongside the same person you will play with in the next game.
“I am starting to feel sharp. You need a run of games. You can’t come in and go out; you need a good few games to get ready and get fit. You can train all you want, but it is different when you play on Saturday in a match.”