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Gaffer In Good Spirits

11 March 2013

Manager Simon Grayson admits the squad are heading to the east midlands full of confidence on Tuesday night on the back of a four match unbeaten run.

The North End boss is looking for his first away win on the back of his first home win at PNE chief and says the team are looking forward to getting out there at Meadow Lane.

“At this time of the season games come thick and fast and it just happens that of our first five games, four of them have been away from Deepdale. You just have to get on with it,” he told the press at his pre-match briefing.

“We go to Notts County in good spirits, after the win at the weekend. When you are winning games and on an unbeaten run, like we are, players like to play in games. They can’t come quick enough and hopefully we can keep the momentum going.

“Hopefully it [the first away win] comes tomorrow night. We felt we could have won at Swindon and we could have won at MK Dons. 

“We are using the belief and confidence from the players in the last couple of games to really instil into them that they are a good team and what is required of them to win football matches. Hopefully the first away victory is on the back of a home victory.”

County sit in tenth spot, just seven points outside the Play-Offs and the manager recognises it will be a tough ask against the Magpies: “They have had a decent season and are on the outskirts of the Play-Offs, where they need to pick up a few more victories to get them into that top six.

“They have had two draws against Orient and then against Crawley at the weekend and Chris [Kiwomya] will be trying to implement his own ideas and get the job on a full time basis.

“We know what they are about. They have some pace in the team and some power and strength, so we will respect them, as we do every opposition, but it is about what we do ourselves.”

He also has a selection headache, but a good one, with Keith Keane and Graham Cummins coming into contention after missing the last couple of game.

“It’s a nice problem to have, because we have good players,” he continued. “Graham Cummins has trained again, so he is back in the squad. We have concerns over Jack King after his knock at the weekend, but the competition for places is good.

“You need that competition for each place if you are going to get the best out of everybody and we have some difficult decisions to make.”

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