PNE will put it Wright in playoffs, says Aussie

A gutted Bailey Wright is adamant Preston North End can bounce back in the League One playoffs and still go up after missing out on automatic promotion yesterday.

Preston were upset 1-0 away at Colchester, meaning MK Dons snatched the second automatic promotion spot and condemned the Lilywhites to the playoffs.

Preston had more possession, shots on target and corners than their opponents, but couldn’t find the necessary goal and a late winner from George Moncur was enough to keep relegated-threatened Colchester up.

The Lancashire club was on an 18-match unbeaten run heading into the last game of the season. Wright, who played the full 90 minutes against Colchester, told FourFourTwo it just wasn’t Preston’s day.

“On the day we were just not at our best, things didn’t quite go our way and we weren’t our usual self,” the Socceroo defender said.

The Lilywhites will now face sixth-place Chesterfield in the playoffs, with the first leg away on Thursday night.

“We know Chesterfield won’t be an easy game the playoffs are always tough, but we have been on a good run of form to get us where we are now,” Wright said.

“We know what we are capable of when are it and we are all looking forward to the game Thursday now.

“It shouldn’t be difficult to get up for it (the game) at all. We didn’t get the result we wanted on Sunday but now we still have a chance to do what we set off to do, and that’s get promotion into the Championship.”

Preston failed to beat Rotherham in the League One 2013-2014 playoffs and have never gone up via the playoffs in nine previous attempts.

Wright said his team learned a lot from their experience last season.

“Last year’s playoffs ended in disappointment, but one we can take experience from,” the centre back said.

“You have to be ruthless and on top of your game to win and (this is) one we will be prepared for. (The gaffer) just said we still have a great chance and that as disappointed as we are, we need to get our heads up and be ready for Thursday.

“We’ve done a great job to go on the run we did and let’s get back to those winning ways.”