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Simon Grayson Looking For Quick Response

14 April 2015

Manager Simon Grayson says his side will be looking to give a quick response to the draw with Gillingham in Friday’s trip to Port Vale.

The Lilywhites boss spoke to PNE Player straight after the games and felt his side put in a Jekyl and Hyde performance against Justin Edinburgh’s men, after a scintillating first half.

“The first half we were excellent,” he told the Club’s online video service. “We passed it with a real purpose and played with a tempo – the game should have been over. We had some really good opportunities and got the luxury of the second just before half-time to give us cushion and it should have been more.

“Sometimes if you don’t get the goals and be ruthless, then it always gives the opportunity for the opposition to get back into it and in the second half we were a completely different team.

“We lost our tempo without the ball and we stopped passing it. We looked very ordinary in the second half and hence why we have only drawn the game.

“There were some really good chances and we scored two really good goals, but at half-time we stressed to the players that the game wasn’t over and they had nothing to lose.

“We got really anxious when they scored the first. We stopped passing the ball; we didn’t use the sides like we did in the first half, turning them and the second goal deflated everyone.

“We are still in control of our own destiny and we have a quick turnaround now on Friday and we go there looking to get a victory straight away.”

To watch the full interview with the manager where he discusses the injuries to Scott Laird and Jermaine Beckford click here now.

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