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‘Fantastic’ Following Boosts Grayson

9 January 2014

Manager Simon Grayson says that selling out three consecutive away games shows the size of Club he is working for.

The PNE gaffer spoke ahead of the trip to Molineux where the Lilywhites will be backed by almost 3,500 North Enders and admits that the team will be highly motivated by the support.

“Taking 3,500 fans to Wolves, after the two previous away games have been sell outs, shows that the whole Club is going in the right direction,” he said.

“This is a football club that, at the very least, deserves to be in the Championship, just on the structure, history, supporters and facilities and we have to try and fulfil the ambition of the owner. That’s why I came to the football club.

“It’s fantastic [to have such a big following]. It’s a tribute to the Club that the fans have again come out in their numbers. It would be easy to get a sell out of say 1,500 to Wolves, but to have a sell out at Carlisle, at Shrewsbury and then to take 3,500 to Wolves is something not many clubs in this country could do.

“The ingredients are there for a great game, but we need to go there now and put in a performance. We have good away form and if we can get a result, it will send 3,500 back up theM6 very happy!”

The game is a reversal of the fixture that opened the season at Deepdale, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the start of the Football League. 

That day the two sides played out a fairly cagey 0-0 draw and the manager is not expecting this fixture too be much more open.

“In any game you have to make sure you are not gung ho and lose the game in the first 20 minutes, but they’ll be wanting to win it and we will,” he continued. “Their squad has developed over the season, from the first game, and so has ours – that game has no bearing on this game is going to be like at the weekend. 

“We are on a good run and they are on the back of a poor result at Gillingham, albeit they played quite well. They are still the favourites though and will still be looking for automatic promotion.”

Grayson goes into the game with a fully fit squad free of suspension, meaning he will have some tough decisions to make when he narrows his team down to a starting XI and seven subs, but it is a task he is relishing.

“I don’t want the easy decision of my team picking itself; I’ve now got players to pick in the starting XI, there will then be seven players who are on the bench and then there will be players who have been very close to the starting XI who will sat in the stand. 

“They are good decisions for me to be able to make. 

“There will be some disappointed players, but I would rather be in that position than not. It is always the case that you will be liked by 11 players, half liked by seven and probably have a few who are a little bit disappointed, but that is part and parcel of football and we are all in this together,” he added.

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