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Liam Happy To Keep Top Six Hopes Alive

23 April 2023

After playing a key role in the goal which earned Preston North End a late point against Blackburn Rovers, Liam Delap said it’s great to stay within “reaching distance” of the top six.

PNE headed into five added minutes a goal behind and, with their Lancashire rivals one of those sides also looking to make the Play-Offs, a defeat would have dented North End’s hopes.

Ryan Lowe’s side managed to score very late on, though, to level the scoring, with substitute Liam’s cross being turned beyond the goalkeeper by Rovers defender Dominic Hyam.

Liam said: “Probably with the way it panned out we could have taken advantage in the first half and I still think we had chances in the second half to probably put it to bed and get the three points.

“But with the scenario, being down in the last minute, we did well to get a point.

“I was just smashing it into the box really. I think there was Pottsy [Brad Potts] and Tom [Cannon] in the box, so I was just smashing it in for them to try and tap in, but luckily one of their players tapped it in for me.”

As things stand, PNE sit two points outside of the top six with two games to go.

Next up for the Lilywhites is a trip to Sheffield United – who may be promoted by the time North End show up at Bramall Lane – and the goal will be to keep the hopes alive heading into the final day.

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“Everyone’s got that belief,” added Liam. “The togetherness is really good and I think we just take every game as it comes and just focus on the next game in hand.

“We just need to focus on Sheffield United and see where that takes us.

“I think we go there with an aim to get three points. We believe in our team, we believe in each other and I think we’ve got the belief to go and get the three points.”

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