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Simon Grayson Wants Belief To Be Carried Forward

19 February 2015

Manager Simon Grayson believes that the performance against Manchester United can give his side a boost as they head into a vital run of league games.

The Lilywhites face another United, Scunthorpe, at Deepdale on Saturday and are looking to add to their last two league victories that have closed the gap on the top two.

“We won’t underestimate any of the teams,” said the gaffer. “Scunthorpe are next and their record for their last nine away games in the league is won five, drawn four, so that shows the run of results they have had away from home.

“They turned over Swindon at home last Saturday and then best Chesterfield on Tuesday night, so they have done really well since Mark Robins went in there and have really changed their fortunes around.

“You can never underestimate anyone you are playing against; what we have to do is carry forward the belief and confidence from our previous two league games and really look to crack on.

“We have the sole intention now of getting promoted and hopefully we can keep performing well, getting results and putting pressure on the teams above us.”

The PNE boss has almost a full squad to choose from after Jordan Hugill and Andy Little came through a reserve game on Tuesday and he is delighted to have the options going into the crunch part of the campaign.

“We had a reserve game on Tuesday afternoon and Jordan Hugill got 90 minutes and two goals under his belt,” continued the Lilywhites’ chief. “Andy Little playd in that as well, whilst Jermaine Beckford has joined back in with us after being out for four weeks.

“Jermaine is going to get some more conditioning work in him for the next few days or week and hopefully we’ll have him back soon.

“We are going into a busy schedule now, as we start the run-in until the end of the season and it is nice to have so many options available. If you look back a month as to who was available and who was unavailable, it is a good sign and hopefully we can keep everybody fit for the big push.”

The visitors recent run of form has seen them climb to just five points off the Play-Off places and Simon feels his opposite number has done a fine job of revitalising things at Glanford Park.

“Mark has gone in and given them a bit of belief. He has changed a few personnel around and once you start winning matches that can spread throughout the team and the football club and they have no fear of what is round the corner for them.

“They will be looking up the table now and not below them, so full credit to Robbo. They have some threats in Madden and McSheffrey could come back in, but they also have a youthful exuberance about them, with the use of the loan system from the Premier League clubs,” he added.

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