PRESTON SEASON ‘SHOWS FURTHER STEP UP’
PAUL HUNTINGTON understands Preston fans are disappointed not be in the play-off picture, but he says that shows just far they have come.
The Deepdale side are now scrapping for a tophalf finish after a slump in fortunes. Four straight defeats prior to yesterday’s clash with Rotherham has left them feeling deflated.
But defender Huntington is quick to highlight how much the club have progressed in the last few seasons, in which they have steadily built.
“We’ve been looking at some of the teams who were around us when we came into the Championship in 2015,” said the 29-year-old.
“Swindon and Chesterfield were in the play-offs and they now find themselves in League Two. It just shows what a difference a couple of seasons can make.
“It shows the progression we’ve made that we’re disappointed to be where we are and, hopefully, we can improve again.
“We’ve not defended as well as we have for a large part of the season. We’ve let in sloppy goals, especially with set-plays the other night against Newcastle (Preston lost 4-1 to the Magpies on Monday).”
Those four losses have left Huntington pulling his hair out, and he knows he has to take his fair share of the blame after being part of a leaky Preston backline.
“In general play, I thought the shape was quite good, but we’ve just switched off at key moments in games,” he added.
“I think the group of players we’ve got and the staff deserve to finish higher than the position we’re in and it’s up to us to do that now.
“Three or four points was about as close as we got to the play-offs and then we lost at Fulham. It shows we’ve progressed and we’re not just happy to let the season trundle along.”
VIEW: Paul Huntington