Preston North End’s German central defender Patrick Bauer wants to finish his first season at Deepdale with a positive result.
The Lilywhites head to Ashton Gate on Wednesday night looking to add a final three points to their 2019/20 campaign and whilst the No.21 admits his disappointment at not making the top six, he wants a good result to finish his first 12 months with PNE.
“It was disappointing not to finish in the top six, but we have one more game to go and we want to finish the season as high as possible,” he told iFollow PNE.
“We want to finish the season strongly, just how we started it.
“It is frustrating to not be finishing in the top six, because I think we had a really good season, but at the end we are not in the top six. We still want to win the last game and we go there to try and put in a good performance.”
The clash between the sides at Deepdale earlier this season was one for the neutral, ending 3-3, in a game where – like the weekend – Patrick was again on the scoresheet, this time with a powerful header.
And he is hoping the performance at Ashton Gate brings a strong end to the 46-game campaign, especially with a short break before the players are back in training for the new season.
“It was a thrilling game,” he recalled. “There were a lot of goals in it and I was able to score and help the team in that match.
“We are looking forward to playing on Wednesday evening at their place and hopefully we can finish off the season with a good performance and an away win.
“It is important to finish the season strongly. The summer break won’t really be long, the pre-season starts early and it is important for us to finish with a good performance and then start again strongly next season.”
At the end of his first season in PR1, the former Charlton Athletic man has reflected on the time and is looking to improve again in 2020/21.
“Personally, I have really enjoyed the season. I have played 40 games and it is good to play so many. It is my first season in the Championship, after three seasons in League One, so I was quite happy, but I am looking forward to next season where I hope that I can improve.
“The manager, the players and the philosophy are things I really enjoyed working with and I am looking forward to next year.
“It will not be a usual summer, just two or three weeks, but it will be nice to fly over to Germany and see the family and then we will be back to work,” he added.
To watch the game, you can click here now to sign up for an iFollow match pass, with former PNE and City defender Rob Edwards joining the commentary team at Ashton Gate.