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Simon Grayson Ready For Dons Test

17 February 2014

Manager Simon Grayson was looking forward to a trip to stadium:mk when he spoke to the press ahead of training.

The PNE boss is well aware of the test his side face, but is looking for a repeat performance from the one his side put on in their last away game, at Tranmere Rovers, ten days ago.

“They are a good team,” the gaffer said of the Dons. “They have been in and around the Play-Offs for the past few years and have got some good recent results.

“We know how they will play; they have some good footballers and Karl [Robinson] has a philosophy of playing good football, but we will go down there looking to get a good result.

“We want to try and win the game in hand we have on one or two teams, try and close the gap on the top teams.

“In the last away game, at Tranmere, we were excellent for the first 30 minutes. We passed the ball around well and we have been very good on our travels in the main, dominating large parts, keeping clean sheets and another result along those lines would be a big boost for everybody.”

The last few weeks Simon has been happy to rotate his squad keep the team fresh and once again he is expecting to be able to call on a number of options in order to get the right result.

“I’ll have a look at the situation; see who might be a little bit tired, see what shape we are going to play, but I know we have got fantastic options available to us,” he continued.

“At the weekend we had some fantastic players who were not even in the 18 and we have showed over the last few weeks that we can play different formations, use different personnel and every player that has come into the team has helped us and those that go out don’t go out sulking, they accept it because they know it is a squad game and that they are going to get another opportunity somewhere down the line. 

“It will be more difficult to put a team out if we only had 18 players, but now I can change the team if I need to do.”

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