Scott Wiseman probably gained more from Preston North End’s disappointing defeat at the hands of Crewe than any of his team-mates did.
The right-back at least had the satisfaction of putting 90 minutes of comeback time in his locker after more than a month on the sidelines nursing a knee injury.
It had been the plan for Wiseman to play the first hour or so of the Gresty Road clash>
But he got the full game with PNE manager Simon Grayson using his three substitutes in one fell tactical swoop to try and shake North End into life.
By his own admission, the last few minutes were a real struggle for Wiseman to get through as cramp gripped his leg muscles.
But the 28-year-old thinks he will be all the better for the experience as preparations begin for the play-offs, which see North End play Rotherham in the semi-final.
Wiseman said: “I suppose it is with mixed emotions that I look back at the Crewe game.
“I was pleased to somehow get through the 90 minutes but was disappointed with the result and performance.
“The knee felt fine and it was a case of me getting back into my stride and getting to trust the leg again.
“I was cramped up from the waist down towards the end but when we start training again I will have the benefit of 90 minutes under my belt.
“The injury was a stupid one really, some bruising to the bone in my knee.
“I was able to do straight line stuff but couldn’t twist and turn until it settled down.
“Only in the last 10 days have I been able to twist and turn in training.
“So it has been a crash course to get fit and then it was about getting some game time.
“By the time the play-offs come round on Saturday, I will have had another few days’ training to add to this 90-minute run-out.”
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