PNE striker’s play-off vow

Preston striker Stuart Beavon will experience the play-offs for the 'first time

Preston striker Stuart Beavon will experience the play-offs for the 'first time

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Striker Stuart Beavon is determined that his first experience of the play-offs will be a successful one for Preston North End.

While many of the PNE squad have played in them at other clubs, Beavon will debut in the end-of-season knockout this time around.

The Lilywhites play their final game of the campaign at Crewe on Saturday, with the first leg of the semi-final being a week later.

Beavon told the Evening Post: “This is my first time in them at any level and I’m expecting the games to be very tough whoever we play.

“Our aim is to go into the play-offs finishing third, and it would be nice if we can get the second leg at Deepdale.

“Going into the weekend there are three teams fighting for position and no one can afford to slip up.

“We got ourselves into third place the other day, and a win at Crewe would keep us there.

“The aim for all of us when we signed for Preston was to help get them back into the Championship.

“I’m now coming to the end of my second season with the club and it would be great if we could achieve that.

“The Crewe game is our focus and there will be plenty riding on it. Crewe need points to stay up, we want the win to keep in third place, so it should be very competitive.

“Sometimes you get games at the end of the season when neither side has anything to play for and teams just go through the motions.

“That won’t be the case here and we will have a good following at Crewe who will get right behind us.

“After Saturday, we will knuckle down to a good week’s training and look forward to the play-offs.”

Beavon, who turns 30 on Monday, has started six of the last seven games since playing his way back into favour.

He endured a frustrating winter, getting no further than the bench from mid-December through to February.

Taking the positives from that inactivity, the front man will be fresh for the play-offs.

Said Beavon: “I have been pleased with my performances since I got back in.

“I would have liked a couple more goals, but the main thing is that we have been winning.

“It was frustrating being out of the side but I always knew there was a chance of a recall.

“You have seen many times this season people being out of the team and the next thing they are back in.

“At this stage of the season players can feel a bit tired but I feel fresh because I didn’t play in the middle part.

“The manager handles us well, making sure we recover and get the right mixture of training and rest.”