Date: 27th November 2014 at 9:13pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has admitted that Preston North End seem to be our nemesis but he knows he can take heart from our second half showing in our Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit in midweek.

Speaking to the Official Site following the penalty shoot out defeat, the gaffer knew the performance wasn’t good enough and he was obviously disappointed to see us go out of the competition.

‘It’s disappointing. We did so well after a poor first half and we had to be brave and make some substitutions which turned out to be really effective. I thought we were excellent in the second half but disappointed to concede the goal we did. The penalty shootout had a bit of everything didn’t it.’

Johnson went on to say that in his mind he felt a couple of players wasted their opportunity to really impress on the night, and whilst he doesn’t feel let down with that, but he feels they will know they haven’t done themselves any favours – but that applies to everyone following the showing.

With us taking on Rochdale this weekend in the derby, the gaffer does know however that there’s no better way for players to make up for the JPT loss than by really shining this weekend now.

‘As a manager, I’m so excited. I’ve played in some good derbies myself. This for me is our biggest derby, as well as Bury, and I’m excited about it. I’m nervous as well because I know the buzz derbies create. There is a lot riding on this game, it’s a big game for us and we are desperate to stay in touch.’

In terms of team news, Johnson said that George comes back into contention and we can welcome back Jabo Ibehre and Daniel Johnson as well, so there’s definitely things for him to think about.

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