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John Roper

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North End visit the Moo Camp

Friday 1st March 2013

Next up for North End is a delightful visit to deepest Northamptonshire and a visit to Stadium MK, affectionately known as the Moo Camp. To be fair the stadium itself has great view, great leg room and all you could really want from a modern League One stadium. The fact that there is nothing anywhere near it in terms of refreshment etc and the fact that it is only just over half complete are by the by and for the football leagues only franchise club the place is, indeed, home. If you like a drink before the game, as some do, and you don't fancy the 20 minute walk to the pub then there is the Red Dot Bar near the players entrance which allows away fans in as long as the don't start singing and standing on the tables.

The game sees the second outing of Simon Grayson's North End and if we can produce a show of intent and commitment similar to those on show at Swindon then I have a real good feeling that we can take plenty from the game. It was a tough old encounter down at the County Ground but I still feel if we had not gifted the home side an equalising goal then we could well have take all three points for a memorable victory. One of the great things about the game in Wiltshire was the following of 925 which was excellent in itself but to see so many of the old boy's faces there many of whom hadn't been for years. I suppose it just shows what a change of manager and a new ground can do.

It must be hoped that we can take a similar following to the Moo Camp on Saturday and with 400 tickets already sold by Thursday lunchtime it is looking good for another decent following on Saturday. MK are not playing well and I think they have gone something like 10 league games without a win so North End should be thinking very positively about Saturday's 90 minutes. Certainly a repeat of last season's result, when a Paul Parry goal earned us the points, would be very acceptable but I think the tide is turning anyway for North End and with some vociferous support we can once again pick up the three points and bring them back to Lancashire. Now it won't be easy, because it never is in this division, but the Preston mindset is now the right one and with the boys only being four points clear of the relegation zone it is becoming mighty important that we get to 50 points asap.

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