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Still More To Come

12 December 2013

Manager Simon Grayson thinks his side, currently ten games unbeaten, have still to hit their best form as they head to Crawley this weekend.

The North End boss spoke to the media ahead of the trip to Sussex and said that the team were not buoyed by the run, but instead, were focused on achieving even more.

“We are not getting too complacent or big-headed, as that’s when things start to go against you,” said the gaffer. “We our keeping our feet on the ground, working hard and that has been the main ethic of the team. 

“We have worked extremely hard for each other, never know when we are beaten or give up the chance to win games and that can be a fantastic trait to have. 

“We work daily and on a matchday to get better every week and keep getting the results we want.

“I think as a manager and a coaching staff you want your players to improve daily; test themselves and not be satisfied with what you’ve done previously. You want them to be better every day and we feel that there is a bit more to come from the team. 

“Everyone would love to be winning three or 4-0 every week with free flowing football, but you have to have it in your make up to win differently. 

“If we win games 1-0 from now to the end of the season, grinding out results, then we will have achieved our target of getting promotion. We will try to entertain, we will be hard to beat and resilient, but ultimately it is about winning football matches and we will be doing everything we can do to that.”

This weekend the team make the long trip to the south east, but their travel plans have been eased by the generosity and support of the Club’s owner: “The travelling is part and parcel of football. When you look at our record away from home, we have to be happy on our travels.

“We are doing everything properly. The preparation couldn’t be any better. We are flying down to Crawley on Friday and then straight back on Saturday. We are fortunate that Mr Hemmings has backed us and allowed us to be fresh for a busy period.”

The game is John Gregory’s first home game in charge of the Red Devils and he is someone the PNE boss knows extremely well and is looking forward to catching up with.

“‘Grego’ was first team coach at Leicester when I signed at 21,” he continued. “Soon as I walked in he called me ‘Larry’ and that was the first time I’d had that nickname, so I’ve got a lot to thank him for!

“When I went to Villa he was there with Brian Little and then ultimately became the manager.
I like John, he’s a great football person. I am glad that he’s back in English football.

“I’ll never forget the day he sold me to Blackburn from Aston Villa and he sent me letter wishing me well for the future and those are the things people don’t see about managers.

“He is trying to improve Crawley, who are already in a decent position, and we know it will be a tough game. It will be John’s first home game in charge, but hopefully we will get the same result as we did at Gillingham when it was Peter Taylor’s first game.

“He’s had a good record in management and I am looking forward at the weekend, but hopefully he will be disappointed come five o’clock on Saturday.”

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