WEB EXCLUSIVE: Aiden McGeady – A point could prove vital for PNE at the end of the season

Aiden McGeady feels that his last gasp strike to earn Preston a point away at local rivals Blackburn Rovers could be a vital one come the end of the season for the Lilywhites.

McGeady struck in the 93rd minute at Ewood Park which saw Blackburn denied a huge three points towards safety and helped North End close the gap to just five points off Sheffield Wednesday in sixth place.

Speaking about the game the Republic of Ireland international said: “It’s a disappointment but in the end with the last minute equaliser it feels like a win almost.

“We’ve still got a good run going, we’ve not lost many games in the last three months and we’re still in touch with the play-offs. That point could prove vital at the end of the season.”

The Irish-man wasn’t to let earlier misses made during the game put him off either when he fired home three minutes into added time.

“I had a free kick that went over the bar, one went into the keepers arms and I had a couple went over the bar and one I shanked with my left foot but I suppose the important thing was that I didn’t go hiding and I was there for the important one that I stuck in the back of the net.”

On scoring his goal the Everton loanee praised super sub Paul Gallagher who was crucial in the build up to the equaliser, his experience proving key in the closing stages after coming on for Daniel Johnson.

“Gally has that composure, he’s very comfortable on the ball. The game suited him, the last 15 minutes we had all the pressure.

“He’s a top player he can pick a pass. I got the ball down and played it out wide and it went back to Gally and then he’s played in Clarkey (Tom Clarke) and then to be honest it was great composure from him.

“I thought he was going to shoot and he’s just passed it back to me and I didn’t really expect it so yes it was a great team goal.”

Preston had the chance to move within three points of the play-offs following Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat on Friday night by Reading and McGeady admitted it was in the back of their minds ahead of the game.

“Obviously that’s in the back of your mind, with a win you go three points off Sheffield Wednesday.

“We just need to keep playing and hope results go our way and we keep carrying on picking up points and see where it takes us.

“The play offs are the goal but we’ve had a good season regardless of where we finish whether it’s 5th, 6th or 7th or wherever.”

Despite being within touching distance of the play-off spots pressure isn’t something Simon Grayson’s men are feeling however, he revealed.

“I don’t think there’s been any pressure on us whatsoever aside from probably getting out of the bottom three when I arrived.

“We’ve just been playing well and beating big teams in the league who are expected to be up there at the top and quietly going about our business.

“We’ve slowly crept up the league and we’re not far away now. I don’t think there’s an added pressure on us at all I think the pressure is on the teams who have spent an awful lot of money like Sheffield Wednesday.”

Next up for North End is a home tie against languishing Nottingham Forest at Deepdale after the international break.


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