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DJ Targeting Maximum Points

14 April 2022

First Team News

DJ Targeting Maximum Points

14 April 2022

Daniel Johnson says his focus is on taking maximum points from the final five games of what has been a "rollercoaster season", starting with Friday’s fixture against Millwall.

North End have won their previous two Championship matches – both victories coming at Deepdale – and they go looking for a fourth successive home victory when the Lions come to Lancashire.

Millwall themselves are sat four points outside of the Play-Off spots, whereas PNE occupy 13th spot, eight points away from sixth-placed Sheffield United.

DJ told iFollow PNE: “It’s been a rollercoaster like every other season to be honest.

“The Championship’s so relentless so it’s always going to be a rollercoaster, but like I’ve said with this league it’s always going to be about momentum.

“You see the likes of Huddersfield, the likes of Luton, once you get momentum you can really find yourself in an unbelievable position going into the last four or five games of the season, so that’s something that we want to focus on going into next season.

“Obviously it started from the other night with the win against Blackpool, so it’s been a rollercoaster of a season, but we do want to finish strong and pick up maximum points and we’re on the way to doing that.”

PNE will have to get past Gary Rowett’s Millwall to do so, with the side from the capital arriving at Deepdale on the back of a 4-1 victory over Barnsley.

North End have had some tough encounters against the Lions in recent years, going winless in the last five meetings with them.

“We’re expecting a tough game,” added DJ. “We know what Millwall are all about and like any other game in the Championship, we’re expecting a tough game, but ultimately for us we’ve just got to concentrate on what we’re doing.

“We’ve had two back-to-back wins at home and we obviously want to continue that, so I think the main objective is for us to focus on us, know a bit about them, but ultimately just go about our game-plan and try and execute it.”

While full focus still remains on the run-in coming up, part of the motivation behind wanting a strong finish is to go into pre-season with positivity.

It will be the first time manager Ryan Lowe has been part of summer preparations as North End manager, and that’s something Johnson is looking forward to.

He said: “I think it’s always different when a manager comes in because you have to get used to a few things.

“I think with previous managers they’ve been here for a while so we always knew in pre-season what he was going to do, but with a new manager now I think it’s going to be a bit different.

“It’s exciting to see what’s going to happen, obviously we don’t know. We’ll see which players end up staying, which players end up going, we don’t know, but I think it’s really exciting times for us at the moment and I think it’s only going to get better for us.”

You can watch DJ's full interview on iFollow PNE above.

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