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Simon Grayson Ready To Battle And Scrap

4 April 2015

Preston manager Simon Grayson believes his side are mentally prepared to do what is needed in order to earn another vital three points at Bradford City on Easter Monday.

The North End gaffer spoke ahead of the Roses clash and felt that his side were aware that they faced a different test to the one against Rochdale on Good Friday, but prepared just as well for it.

“It is a different opportunity to try and get three points,” he said. “We know what to expect from Bradford. They are a very strong, physical team, but they still have some god footballer sin the team with the likes of Knott, Clarke and Morais, so we know that it will be a test for us.

“We go there to try and get the three points and we have to do what it takes to try and win the game.

“You have seen some of the results they have had this year, most notably in the FA Cup, going to Chelsea and winning and they now have a very good chance of getting into the Play-Offs, so we go there focused solely on what we need to do and we have to apply ourselves really well, win our individual battles and go and play when we get the chance to, but have the resilience and determination to win the three points.”

The Bantams picked up an excellent win at Doncaster on Good Friday and are the only team in League One to have won at Deepdale in 2014/15 and therefore there is no chance of the Lilywhites underestimating the task they face in West Yorkshire.

“We won’t underestimate them,” continued the boss. “We know they have the options to hit the front two, but they play through the midfield areas, often utilising a diamond shape, which we will have to see if they use in this game.

“They have some good footballers, have had some good results and they are close to the Play-Offs and will be itching to get into them, so we have to be on our guard.

“We have to battle and scrap, but we also play when we have to.

“There is a lot made of the pitch, but we are not going to be too concerned with that. We have to approach it as we would any other game, work on our own system of play, which will suit us, be aware of the opposition and go and try on build on the confidence we gained from Friday’s result.”

The atmosphere inside the Coral Windows Stadium is expected to be the usual vociferous one that you would expect for a Lancashire versus Yorkshire clash, but for once the PNE boss will be hoping for a red rose victory.

“I think we will be taking 2,500 across there, which will be fantastic, it will be a good day.

“We have had a great following of late and we will be looking to give them something to cheer about again.

“Being a proud Yorkshireman it is probably the only time I want a Lancashire side to do well!” He added.

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