PNE winger’s rallying call

Chris Humphrey celebrates his goal in the 3-0 win at Bradford
Chris Humphrey celebrates his goal in the 3-0 win at Bradford
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Preston North End winger Chris Humphrey says the Lilywhites fans can play a huge part in the automatic promotion push.

Humphrey saluted the backing which PNE got during Easter Monday’s 3-0 victory at Bradford City.

Now the attention turns to Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Bristol City, which is set to attract Deepdale’s highest league attendance of the season.

“It would be great if we could get as many people here as possible to support the lads,” said Humphrey.

“We are all trying to get promotion – players and supporters.

“The fans have been brilliant home and away this season.

“To get the numbers we did at Bradford was fantastic.

“I remember last season when we took a few thousand to away games and the team didn’t turn up on the day.

“This season we have turned up and produced some strong performances.

“It was nice to reward such a big away support at Bradford with the win.”

Bristol City bring with them an eight-point lead over PNE, following a 3-0 victory against Swindon on Tuesday night.

However, Simon Grayson’s men have a game in hand over them and beating the Robins would tighten things up at the top.

From a North End perspective, the key thing is to maintain the gap between themselves and MK Dons in third place.

Humphrey said: “We have to treat the Bristol City game just the same as any other.

“It is all about getting as many points before the end of the season.

“We’ve got a manager who keeps us focused and looks after us when that is needed.

“Saturday’s game is a big one because it is the next one – we’ll prepare properly for it and see what happens.

“This is an exciting time and hopefully we can get to where we want to.

“Among the squad is a feeling that everyone will be needed at some stage.

“There is no sulking or moaning when people get left out because the boys know they are still part of it.”

Humphrey, who scored the third goal at Bradford, has featured in 49 of PNE’s 54 games this season, either playing from the start or coming on as a substitute.

Every time the 27-year-old has been named on the bench, he has got on the pitch at some stage.

“I have played more than I thought I would this season,” said Humphrey.

“I’ve had my stints on the bench, it is just one of those things you get on with.

“We have a strong squad here, the gaffer can swap people and keep us at the same strength. We all have the same ambition here.”