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Gaffer: Foot On Accelerator

8 April 2013

Manager Simon Grayson says the team will be going full throttle between now and the end of the season in the aim to take some momentum into the off season.

The North End boss spoke ahead of the visit of Lee Johnson’s Oldham Athletic, a person the manager admits trying to sign as a player when he was in charge up the Fylde coast, but he recognises as a manager he will make it tough for the Lilywhites in the last game under the Deepdale floodlights this season.

“It is very tight down there and there are a lot of teams still looking over their shoulders at the teams in the relegation spots,” he said about the foot of the table. “We have to be mindful of what we need to do and we certainly won’t taking our foot off the accelerator, because we want to be finishing by winning all the games left if we can do. 

“We are not mathematically safe and we owe it to all the other teams to try and win as many games as possible.

“They’ve got Lee Johnson in there, a new manager who has gone in and made an impact very quickly. He had an impact at weekend, taking three players off at half-time, but you have to be ruthless if you want to be successful as a manager. 

“We know what to expect, but I mainly concentrate and focus on us, although we are respectful of the opposition, however, we play.

“Lee’s only just finishing players and if this opportunity hadn’t become available he’d be playing still now, but it is in the blood with his dad being the manager that he is and he will be giving his all to make sure that Oldham stay in the division. 

“Good luck to him, but good luck to him on Saturday and not tomorrow night!”

Simon is expecting to have Keith Keane available, despite his need for a hernia operation, but will be without winger Lee Holmes, after he left the field just before half-time after scoring the opener in Saturday’s thumping win over Scunthorpe.

“Keith is fine, he will be available for Tuesday night,” he continued. “He will see the specialist on Wednesday and then we will get a date we can get him seen as quickly as possible, giving him extra time to do his rehab ready to start pre-season properly.

“Lee will miss the game and could be out for about ten days. It is unfortunate that he has tweaked his hamstring, because he has been contributing goals and assists of late and shown what he is capable of doing.”

It will be the first night match at Deepdale for Grayson and his new management team and it an experience and an atmosphere he is looking forward to sampling.

“It will be out first night game under the floodlights and I am looking forward to it. I have had many games here at night when the atmosphere has been cracking and hopefully it will be again. 

“At the weekend I thought the supporters were excellent and we want to make sure we give them something to proud of every time they walk away from the stadium, whether we’ve won, lost or drawn. 

“As long as the players have given everything they can do, the supporters can have nothing to complain about.”

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