James Chester says he’s thrilled with the return of Mile Jedinak, stressing his “experience, knowledge and physicality” will be key as we eye promotion to the Premier League.
Jedinak made his long-awaited return to the first team in the 0-0 draw with Blues.
The midfielder was brought on in the 60th minute and changed the game in our favour as we created a host of chances in the closing stages.
Chester gave a big thumbs-up to Jedinak, who he says is a key player in the claret and blue set-up.
It is the experience and knowledge. He also adds another physical dimension to us.
Chester on Jedinak
He said: “"Mile is perfect for us in front of the back four.
“I always tell him that last season I didn’t have to head the ball for about six months. When he plays in front he is great for me.
“At St Andrew’s, with the way the game was going when he came on against Blues, I felt he turned it back around in our favour.
"It is the experience and knowledge. He also adds another physical dimension to us. In midfield he protects me and JT really well. We are grateful for him."
Chester heads to Deepdale tonight in search of three points to keep the pressure up at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
He’s happy with where the club are right now in the division but says there’s always room for improvement.
He added: “We are all well aware of the targets you need to hit throughout the season to get promoted automatically or reach the play-offs.
“It probably works out at around two points a game for automatic promotion. We are maybe a little shy of where we want to be in terms of a points tally at this point.
“We are not far off. We are not losing and if we can continue the form at home and pick up the odd win away I am confident we will be there or thereabouts.”