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Gaffer On A 'Great Day For Football'

23 December 2015

Manager Simon Grayson is looking forward to this weekend's Boxing Day clash at former club Huddersfield Town.

The gaffer returns to a former club for the first time once again on Saturday, when he takes his side to the John Smith's Stadium, and the PNE boss admits there's always something special about Boxing Day fixtures in England. 

"It's a traditional part of English football, over the last few years, people have been talking about having a winter break, but it's a great day for football in this country.

"The tradition and the history of it, and families are all together Christmas Day and then want to get out of the house and get some fresh air and hopefully see their football team win. 

"So it's a great day, there's a quick turn around as we play Hull two days later but first and foremost we will concentrate on the weekend and hope we can give a little extra Christmas present to our supporters with three points for them."

Speaking of his return to Huddersfield, the manager continued: "I enjoyed my year at Huddersfield, I got the team promoted and left them in a better state than there were in when I went in. 

"Obviously I haven't got the same sort of affinity with them that I have with Leeds, I was there longer as a manager and as a player and obviously supported them.

"So it will be nice to go back and see some people but ultimately it's about getting the three points as it was last week against Leeds.

"We want to get back to winning ways quickly, and if we produce a performance like we did at Elland Road and the weeks previous to that then we've got a good chance of winning the game. 

"It's one we are looking forward to, and one or two of the players as well, it will be nice for Tom Clarke and Calum Woods going back there and I'm sure they'll both get a good reception."

To hear more from Simon Grayson, go to PNE PlayerHD now by clicking on the video below. 


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