“I wouldn’t put anything past this group” – Preston fans still confident in play-off push

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Preston North End fans are still dreaming of the play-offs despite back-to-back defeats since the international break.

They were defeated 1-0 by second-placed Sheffield United at Deepdale thanks to a David McGoldrick header.

And after a 2-1 defeat at Reading the previous week, Preston now sit six points off Aston Villa in sixth place.

There are just six games to play now, and despite another tough test against Marcelo Bielsa’s high-flying Leeds side on Tuesday, North End fans were still confident this morning.

PNE fan Jimmy Marshall said: “I thought we needed to be getting seven points out of the nine from Leeds, Sheffield United and West Brom.

“I think if we can start by beating Leeds tomorrow then we still have a chance – there are a lot of teams capable of beating each other in this league.

“I wouldn’t put anything past these group of lads because they’ve had a very good few months.

Marshall believes that PNE’s injury situation could be a defining factor.

He said: “With us it’s all about getting players fit really as we’ve had a torrid season with injuries.

“(Tom) Barkhuizen and (Andrew) Hughes are big misses but if we can put out a decent side tomorrow (against Leeds) we should have a chance.

“We’ve picked too many draws up but we’ve got a good young side and the manager (Alex Neil) is a perfect fit for us.”

Alex Neil watches his PNE side (Credit: HITC)

North End retail manager, Matthew Fletcher, echoed Marshall’s thoughts.

He said: “It could go any way – it’s the old cliché of anyone can beat anyone in the Championship.

“Sometimes you get that rub of the green, then you’re on a run again and it can go anywhere.

“The chance is still there, you have to keep going whilst mathematically there is still a chance.”

Manager Alex Neil also commented on the club’s play-off hopes in his pre-Leeds press conference this morning.

“Before we went into these three games (Leeds, Sheffield United, West Brom) we said we would still need to be in touching distance going into the final four games,” the Scotsman said.

“If we can get enough points from these next two games and be within one win off the play offs then we will be in a good position.”