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Simon Grayson: “Finish In A Positive Manner”

24 April 2014

Manager Simon Grayson wants to finish the home league season with a fifth consecutive home win.

The North End gaffer spoke ahead of the visit of the Medway side and stated his aims for the last two Sky Bet League One fixtures.

“Our target is to win the last two games,” he said. “We have set ourselves high targets and put in good performances, in the last home games especially, and we want to continue that against Gillingham.

“It is another tough game, but it is also the last home league game of the season and you always want to finish in a positive manner, especially ahead of the Play-Offs.”

Two wins guarantees a home game in the second leg of the Play-Offs, but the Lilywhites boss is not getting overly concerned over who the team might play, where and when.

“What will be, will be,” he continued. “People can talk about where we might finish, but our aim is just to win our last two games and we’ll finish where that takes us.

“People often talk about being away first, but our away form has been excellent this season. 

“I have been there as a player where I have won the second leg, away from home, to get to Wembley, so whilst no one will relish coming to Deepdale under the lights for a second leg, I am not too fussed.”

The clash with the Kent outfit is a reversal of Peter Taylor’s first game in charge at Priestfield, back in October, when Josh Brownhill’s goal on his full debut gave North End the points, as the manager recalled.

“It was Peter’s first game in charge and they’ve had a couple of good results over Easter to be all, but mathematically safe – it would take a drastic change for them to go down – so Peter has done a good job down there.

“We know we have a tough game ahead of us and any team you face at this stage of the season has something to play for, whether that is promotion, relegation, Play-Offs or playing for your future and contracts.

“We want to try and build off the four victories we have previously.”

Gillingham have a side with plenty of threats with Danny Kedwell (ten), Cody McDonald (16) and Bayo Akinfenwa providing the goal threats. 

“He’s [Akinfenwa] always been a big lad and he uses his strengths well, but we have to make sure we play the right game against him, if he plays

“For us it is about playing our own game and taking care of the opposition when we need to,” concluded Simon.

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