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Watch | Nathan Jones' Preston press conference

28 October 2021

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Manager Nathan Jones insists his players will not get carried away with their good start to the season ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Preston North End.

Up to fifth in the table following a successful seven-point week, Town will look to continue their unbeaten run when they travel to Deepdale this weekend.

The relentless nature of the Championships means that yet another three-game week is upon Jones and his players but the focus is on themselves and the need to keep producing.

“We have to keep churning out results. We’ve got another big week, three real big sides. Preston have been a very good Championship side for many a year, Middlesbrough have been a Premier League side and then Stoke exactly the same, so it’s a big week coming up and we have to make sure we are at it and our levels are right at 100 per cent. If they’re not, then we know what can happen in this league.”

The Hatters are set to be without Luke Berry, however, after he suffered an injury in the win against Hull last week.

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“Berry will probably miss out because of the knee injury, he’s just opened up his medial but the others, we’re in a good place with everyone else.

“I’m not sure some players will be able to do three 90’s against but we’ll see. We take every game as it comes, we’re not looking at Middlesbrough at the minute, we’re looking solely at Preston and then everything will take care of itself from there.”

There was praise for Saturday’s hosts from the manager, who said: “Preston have been a fantastic side in this division with pretty much the same players. For a number of years they’ve challenged and been in and around the play-offs. They’ve been a difficult side, a hard-working side, a humble side, a side with no superstars and that’s why they’ve done so well, in years gone by.

“We wanted to be renowned as a bit of a Preston," Jones continued. "Things are different now, because we want to be us, but they have really set the standards for side with not a big budget, but competing at a real good level in this league, so we know it’s going to be a tough game. Things change quickly in a week, we’ve just got to make sure that they don’t change quickly for us.”


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