The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ross Law­son

AI­DEN McGeady in­sists all the pres­sure is on the league’s big spenders to reach the play-offs as the Cham­pi­onship sea­son en­ters its fi­nal stages.

The 31-year-old winger and his Pre­ston team-mates started the week­end just five points off sixth, af­ter their 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of Bris­tol City dur­ing the week.

Head­ing into this week­end, Simon Grayson’s men had suf­fered just two league de­feats since the start of Jan­uary, to Cardiff City and Ful­ham.

But, far from get­ting ahead of them­selves, McGeady ex­plained that the only de­mands on the squad will come from the Li­ly­whites’ own play­ers.

“The onus is on the teams who have spent a lot of money to be in the play­offs and I don’t re­ally think we fall into that bracket,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously, ev­ery­one is hop­ing we could sneak into the play-offs. The ex­pec­ta­tion lev­els aren’t go­ing to be what they are at other clubs, con­sid­er­ing two sea­sons ago this team was in League One.

“There’s pres­sure among our­selves that you put on your­self to try to win ev­ery game. Other­wise, why are you in the busi­ness?

“But I wouldn’t say there was mas­sive amounts of pres­sure on us from the man­ager or even from the fans.”

CALM: Ai­den McGeady

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