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Simon Grayson: A Different Type Of Game

20 March 2014

PNE have faced a liquorice all sorts of styles, formations and tactics in the last few weeks.

It has gone from the total football of Oldham, the physical approach of Stevenage, to the deep pressure soaking-counter attacking of Sheffield United, and it will be different again at the County Ground this weekend.

Manager Simon Grayson spoke to the press ahead of putting the final touches to his preparations for the trip to Wiltshire and said he expected another tough encounter.

“They are a team that will still be looking to get into the Play-Offs,” said the North End gaffer. “They are a good footballing team who knock it around well and it is another different type of game for us.

“We have had a few different types of games in the last few weeks; Stevenage was a physical game, Sheffield United sat back and tried to play on the break, but Saturday will be a tough game because they try to move the ball around and they will try and suck us in and create a few problems for us.

“We go there in good spirits. We are on a good run, we want to keep that going, try and win as many matches as possible and see where is takes us. We just want to build off the few results, but turns those draws that we’ve had into victories.”

The Lilywhites face Mark Cooper’s side after back-to-back draws and although the PNE chief admits being frustrated, he is not looking back at what could have been, just ahead to the last nine games.

“Everyone will be frustrated by the draws,” he continued. “We have only lost four games all season, but we have drawn 15. However, if someone had offered us this 12 months ago we would have taken it. 

“You can’t dwell on the past; what has happened in the games we have played has gone, we have to concentrate on the next nine games and see where it takes us and hopefully there will be a lot more positive results in the next 12 months.”

Swindon brings back good memories for the Preston manager, having started his spell in charge of the Club at the home of the Robins and he is happy to admit that plenty has changed since February 2013.

“A lot has changed since that first game. The squad has evolved and I am really pleased with how well the football club has progressed.

“At the start of the season we probably had ambitions to get into the Play-Offs, but we have done better than we thought we would do pre-season, being in touching distance of the top two for much of the season.

“The consistency level has been fantastic and it is only the form of the two or three teams above us that has stopped us being in the automatic spots. I think we can look back and say we have had a good season so far, but we want to make sure it ends in a more positive manner,” he added.

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