PNE ready for one last push

PNE midfielder Paul Gallagher
PNE midfielder Paul Gallagher
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Preston North End will seek to secure promotion to the Championship today when they face Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

A victory over The U’s, who need to win to give themselves a chance of avoiding relegation, would see PNE clinch promotion.

North End midfielder Paul Gallagher is looking forward to the challenge and says the team take plenty of confidence into the clash on the back of an 18-game unbeaten run in the league.

Gallagher said: “If you get into football, these are the games you want to be involved in.

“This is what you do all that hard work in pre-season for, all that running which leaves you being sick because it is so tough.

“You tend to get your rewards if you put in the hard work.

“All the squad have been magnificent since the first day of pre-season training, we have brushed away the scar of last season and we knew we would get an opportunity to put things right this season.

“It has all come down to the last game, we know that if we go out there, play to our best and work hard, we have a really good chance.

“You could say this is like a cup final because there is a big prize if we win.

“There will be nerves – you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have any – but once we cross that white line, it is down to business as usual.

“We have to give Colchester the respect they deserve because they are fighting for their lives.

“It is going to be a tough afternoon but one we are very much looking forward to.”

North End will be backed by 3,000 of their fans in the ground.

A number of them travelled to Essex on Saturday for a night out in Colchester.

For the rest, it was an early start on Sunday morning in order to arrive in plenty of time for the lunchtime kick-off.