Preston North End midfielder Ryan Ledson believes the side are close to getting on a good run as they prepare to head to Sheffield Wednesday this midweek.
The former Everton man admits that at this stage of the season that he will take a win in any form, but reflected on the fact that when the club last reached the Championship Play-Offs, they chased down a bigger gap in the last five games… again beating Cardiff City to that sixth spot.
“You would take playing poorly and getting three points,” he told iFollow PNE. “We are not far off, we just need someone to get us a goal and if we can do that and get a win, we could get on a roll and then you never know what can happen.
“It has been very fine margins in the games since we have been back. We were brilliant at Luton and they nicked a goal right at the end, so that would have been three points; a free kick did us against Derby and against Huddersfield we should have won, but they are all ifs, buts and maybes and we just have to get ourselves over the line and get three points.
“We’re only six points off, so we’re half way there if you look at it that way [in comparison to 2009]! A week in football is a very long time and hopefully we will kick start it on Wednesday night and then get another win on Saturday.
“If we look at the table again on Sunday, we could be right back up there and we are thinking that with three games to go, we are right in the mix.
“I just don’t want the season to fizzle out and for the last three or four games being in mid-table. We want to be going down to Bristol with something to play for. It was the same last year and personally I don’t want that and the lads don’t want that, we want to fight until the end, especially with the start that we had, when we were brilliant.”
The trip to Hillsborough is always a tough one and the No.16 says it will be a different experience playing there without any supporters.
“It will be a tough game,” he continued. “Sheffield Wednesday have got a really good squad, they have some quality players – Barry Bannan in midfield has always caused us a few problems; he is very good on the ball.
“It is always a nice ground to play at and the crowd are always good there, but it is obviously going to be different now and I am looking forward to seeing how than pans out.
“It is not the same and it is not going to be the same, but it is a game of football. When I was younger I played a lot of reserve team football, so I am used to playing with no fans being there.
“It is not the same adrenaline buzz when you are walking out, but it is what it is and we just have to get on with it now.
“I always enjoy the song before the game at Sheffield Wednesday, so I hope they play that still! The fans there are usually good; it is a big city with two clubs and a historic ground, but it will be different without the fans.”
Having started his first game since the resumption of the Championship in Saturday’s draw at Huddersfield, the former England U20 is taking the positives from the game and hoping that come Wednesday, they can get the three points against the Owls.
“I had a bit cramp towards the end, but that comes with the fitness. That was my first start since lockdown, but I felt good.
“I enjoyed being back out there with the lads, but I just wish we could have got the three points.
“We have to take the positives; we got a clean sheet, we looked a lot more solid and hopefully I can play again on Wednesday,” he added.
There’s more from Ryan as he discusses playing alongside Ben Pearson and how, despite comparisons, he believes they are very different players. He also discusses looking for a goal and to add to the attacking threat in the team – just click on the video at the top of the page to watch the full interview.
Remember, you can watch the full game live on iFollow PNE – match passes are available for £10, these can be purchased by clicking here and you can join Jonathan Breeze and former PNE and Wednesday defender Tommy Spurr brining you all the action from ten minutes before kick-off.