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Manager Happy To Have Another Game

3 November 2014

Manager Simon Grayson is pleased to have another game so quickly after his team’s nine game unbeaten run ended at Rochdale at the weekend.

The PNE boss spoke ahead of the trip to Swindon and admitted that even with the long trek again on a Tuesday night, he was delighted to be back on the pitch just 72 hours after the game at Spotland.

“We want to have a game quickly after Saturday’s – it doesn’t matter who we are playing – to try and get another three points,” he said.

“It’s another long trip for our supporters and I feel sorry for them, but we will be working hard to give them something more to cheer about than at the weekend.

“It’s demanding for supporters, but the players have got on with it. They have been treated well and have had the best possible preparation for it.”

The gaffer’s team take on Swindon, who themselves have had an excellent start to the season and are competing at the top end of the table and he is well aware of their threats.

“You can’t underestimate anybody and we are going there knowing it is going to be a tough game,” he continued.

“They play in a manner which is pleasing to the eye for the neutral. They ball from the back, try to get it into the midfield areas, they have got energy and plenty of quality about them.

“They have been involved in some high-scoring games this year, so we know what they are about, as they will know what we are about. We will have to do things better from the weekend if we are going to get a result.”

Simon’s first game in charge of North End was at the County Ground, but under Mark Cooper they have flourished and he expects them to play an attractive stle.

“It was 18 or 19 months ago and we got a draw down there.

“It is always a difficult place to go; Mark has done a great job down there, but we will be looking to go and get a result, as we have done well away from home.

“They are very strong in the midfield areas and the way they play is a testament to Mark and hopefully it should be a good game, but one where we hope to come out on top,” he added.

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