Nugent out to end play-off pain
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Nugent is confident Preston can challenge strongly if they reach the play-offs.
David Nugent is confident Preston North End can challenge strongly in the Championship play-offs if they secure a top-six finish in their next three games.
Paul Simpson's side are currently three points ahead of seventh-placed Stoke, and will attempt to widen that advantage in their final games of the season against Leicester, Plymouth and promotion-chasing Birmingham.
Simpson has even roped in motivational speaker Brian Jones to help inspire his team and they responded with a 4-0 victory over Coventry City on Saturday.
Nugent, though, has twice suffered play-off pain during his time at Deepdale, and England's newest international is determined to avoid a hat-trick of disappointment this season.
"All three games will be tough. Hopefully, we won't need anyone to talk to us again, we'll be able to pull through the games ourselves," said Nugent.
"I've been here two years now and we've got to the final one year and the semis another. This should be third time lucky.
"It's up for grabs now. Teams are slipping up and hopefully we can capitalise on that.
"I'm here to get Preston into the Premiership like the rest of the squad."