Irvine: Top six is a tall order

16 January 2009 07:05
Preston North End boss Alan Irvine is remaining cautious over his side's play-off hopes this season and is refusing to get carried away with recent results. A 3-1 win at Championship leaders Wolves has boosted the Lilywhites up to sixth in the table, occupying the final play-off spot. Saturday's result was by no means a shock as Irvine's team have already beaten Birmingham City and Reading this season - the other two teams in the league's top three. Irvine described his team's start as 'okay', but wants more from his players. "We are nowhere near where I think we need to be or where we want to be," he said. "I think it would be a tall order for us to finish in the top six at this time. "When margins are as fine as that, you are likely to lose games. At our best we can compete in this division. "But we need to be at our best to do that. We won't win games if our performances are not very close to our best."

Source: ESA