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Simon Grayson Ready For Lights, Camera, Action!

14 January 2015

Manager Simon Grayson is looking forward to his side getting back under the Deepdale floodlights on Friday as the Sky Sports cameras roll back into Deepdale.

The Lilywhites face Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League One and the manager believes the atmosphere in PR1 at night games can play a big part in his side earning three points in the first of three consecutive home games.

“It is always a good atmosphere under the lights and hopefully we can use that and show what we are about in front of the cameras,” he said.

“We have to be energetic, we have to be bright and we have to play with a tempo. We need to create chances and when they come along we need to take them.

“It is a great game for us and one where we want three points. It is a different game from when we played down at their place. That was their then manager’s first game in charge, but they now have a different manager and I guess a different philosophy.

“It doesn’t really matter who the manager is, however, it is still the same group of players and we are fully aware of what they can do, but we will be concentrating what we need to do.”

The O’s have seen changes on and off the pitch since they lost out on penalties in last season’s divisional Play-Off Finals, but the manager is well aware that the players that got them to that point are still major threats.

“They are a club who have had a lot of changes off the field in the last year or so,” he continued.

“They are a team who have been around the Play-Offs for the last two years and they are a group who are very much still together and we respect them.

“They have players that can hurt you like Mooney, Lisbie, Cox and Vincelot – they are good players who have contributed to their success over the last couple of seasons.

“We are under no illusions; this is going to be a difficult game, but we need to do the right things against them and keep the pressure up and not get too concerned with them.”

The Lilywhites must prepare for a Friday fixture this week and the gaffer believes that with the right result it could be a positive having an extra day preparation for the game after – although he is wary that has to be one game at a time for the Lilywhites.

“Game are now played at all sorts of different times of the week, but out preparations haven’t been too much different.

“We have altered things slightly, but it gives us an extra recovery day before the game against Yeovil on Tuesday night.

“We will be in over the weekend doing some work and hopefully we can move onto our preparations for Tuesday with a win and three points on Friday,” he added.



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