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Simon Grayson Embracing Gentry Day

16 April 2014

The North End manager is looking forward to the gentry being out in force at Griffin Park on Friday afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the clash with Brentford, the North End boss is looking to put a spanner in the Bees’ promotion party plans, especially with a sell out away following making the trip to London to back his team.

“Games are dropping away now, but we go to Brentford on Friday looking to win the next four games to see where it takes us,” said the gaffer.

“There is still plenty to play for. It is the business end of the season and it is very hard to get over the finish line, as has been proved over many, many years.

“We go there in good spirits and try and be the party poopers. They will be looking at this Friday as the day they can go up, but we will see where we are at 5pm on Friday night.

“Collectively we have a great team ethic – it has always been about what we can do as a squad and not as individuals since the start of the season and that hasn’t changed.”

Brentford know that a win and results going their way could put them in the Championship by 5pm, however, after slipping up 12 months ago, they also know that defeat could close the gap right up.

“They will be using last year as a motivation to not let it happen again,” continued the PNE boss. “Things can go against you. Results can define peoples’ seasons and there will be no getting away from the fact that it will be in the back of the minds of the players, the fans and the staff, but they’ve had a fantastic season.

“They’ve performed consistently; they are a talented bunch of players – hard-working – and the transition from Uwe to Mark has been very smooth and they can see the finish line now.

“The players have carried things forward since the change. They have a good group of experienced players, along with some good young players and they are up there for a reason.

“It’s a good test for us and hopefully we can keep the champagne on ice for them.”

A win for the Lilywhites and the gap would be down to five points and a week on the training ground has been a good one for Grayson and his charges after the 6-1 win over Carlisle last Saturday.

“We want to win as many games as possible and if we do that over Easter, we will have to see where it takes us. There have been big turnarounds before – Brentford and Doncaster last year being a prime example – but Orient and Rotherham are in the same position.

“There is plenty to play for, for everybody. We just have to concentrate on what we can do. Preparations have been good this week and we are really looking forward to a big atmosphere.

“We have got a fantastic following with ‘Gentry Day’ and we are really looking forward to it. It’s a great tradition and is unique to our football club and hopefully we can all enjoy it,” he added.

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