Scott Laird believes that the ‘Preston North End train’ is beginning to gather speed on the tracks and steam towards a genuine shot at automatic promotion.
North End’s 2-1 victory over Tranmere at Prenton Park on Saturday closed the gap on the three sides above them.
Top two Brentford and Wolves did not play because of the weather, while Leyton Orient – visitors to Deepdale this weekend – were beaten at home by Peterborough.
Left-back Laird thinks that PNE are hitting form at the right time and can feel the momentum starting to build.
“We have probably been a bit unnoticed so far,” said Laird.
“Other teams haven’t taken notice of us really but now we have come to the business end and it is time for us to push on and put pressure on the top teams.
“They know we are coming and will be worried about us.
“We should have picked up a few more points here and there this season, we know that.
“But I can feel momentum starting to build now.
“I have been lucky enough to be part of a few promotion teams, both through the play-offs and automatic.
“So I know how things start to build, how it starts to feel and how the crowd start to get going.
“You could hear our fans getting louder and louder at Tranmere, ending with them clapping us off the pitch at the end of the game.
“Things are starting to build, and when that Preston train gets going, I don’t think it will stop.
“What a game we have got next, Leyton Orient at home.
“Hopefully we can pack the place out and create a really good atmosphere.
“If we can apply ourselves like we did at their place a few months back, then we can get three points and put more pressure on the sides above us.”
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