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Gaffer Ready For Return To MK

13 August 2015

Club News

Gaffer Ready For Return To MK

13 August 2015

Manager Simon Grayson says that his side have nothing to prove, as they go to stadium:mk to face the side that pipped them to automatic promotion last season.

The PNE boss believes that, if anything, it will be the home side who feel they have a point to make after the Lilywhites’ win in MK1 in March.

“What happened, happened,” he said as he looked forward to the first league away game of the campaign. “If anything, they will have a bone to pick with us for what happened at stadium:mk last season when we played really well and got the result when we needed to.

“That is all part of history and ultimately we both got to where we wanted to get to and it doesn’t really matter in which order.

“They deserve a lot of credit for going on a really good run after losing to us last season. Every time we kept on winning, they kept on winning to and they took it right down to the last game of the season, which at one stage didn’t look like they could do. 

“I am pleased for Karl and for Pete Winkelman, who I know quite well, that they achieved what they set out to do, which we did as well.”

The home side are the early season pace-setters, top of the league after one round of fixtures, following their 4-1 thumping of Rotherham United at the New York Stadium, a game Grayson was present at.

“They had a good start at the weekend; I went to Rotherham to see that game,” he continued. “They play like they always have. Karl is not going to change his philosophies, no matter what league his team are playing in.

“They have got a lot of the hardcore of the team who played against us in League One last season, which a few new additions, so we know what to expect from them and it should be a good game again.

“They have brought in a few new players, but they have kept the main group they had together last season, as we have. We know it is going to be a tough game; they will try and impose their passing game on us, but I am sure they will be aware of our threats as well.”

The 2014/15 season was a profitable one for PNE on the road and the manager is looking for a repeat as his side get used to life back in the SkyBet Championship.

“We want to win every game possible, both home and away, and we set out our teams to try and go and achieve that. 

“We have had a good start, but it is a different game this weekend and we have to make sure that we are fully at it.

“We got used to winning matches last season and we want to continue that. It is tough in the Championship, but we want to win as many games as possible,” he added.

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