DJ wants comfort of home after PNE away days

Daniel Johnson in action for PNE at Wolves
Daniel Johnson in action for PNE at Wolves

Daniel Johnson says Preston must make their home form count when they return to Deepdale after a month’s gap.

PNE have back-to-back games in front of the faithful against Brentford and Aston Villa.

Not since the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on September 30 have they played at home.

That clash was followed by an international break and then successive away days at Fulham and Wolves.

With North End having brought back just a point from those games, the focus is now on a return to winning ways on their home turf.

Midfielder Johnson told the Post: “The next two games are at home in our own back yard and we want to get six points.

“It is up to us to get ready for the next challenge and get the wins we want. We are 
playing well – every game home or away we have gone toe to toe.

“As a team we want to play on the front foot, we want to play that high-pressing game so that we can nick the ball back in the other team’s half and get us closer to their goal.

“That is what we have been doing and if we continue like that we will carry on picking up results.”

North End’s 3-2 defeat to Wolves at Molineux ended their nine-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

In a demanding division, Johnson sees that as a very decent run of form.

“Everyone is quite strong in this league, we’ve all seen what the results are like,” said Johnson.

“Ultimately we are doing all right and we want to push on as the weeks go by.

“We are still quite early in the season with 13 games gone.

“Our focus is on ourselves and not anyone else – others will take care of themselves.

“We didn’t get the result at Wolves but we have only lost two games so far in the league this season.

“It just shows the hard work and determination that we are putting in individually and as a team.”

Reflecting on the loss to Wolves, Johnson saw it very much as a missed opportunity.

North End were the better team in the first half , with two good chances falling DJ’s way.

The first, a shot from 20 yards, was pushed behind by Wolves keeper John Ruddy.

His second he should have put away, instead Johnson put it over the bar after meeting a cross from Tom Barkhuizen.

Said Johnson: “We were quite frustrated because we felt we were the better team for large parts of the game.

“We’ve got to take chances when they come our way, be more ruthless – that applies in any game.

“Had we scored the first goal at Wolves, we could have gone on to win the game or at least got a point out of it. We will learn from it.”