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Simon Grayson Asks For More

16 March 2015

A bit like Oliver at the orphanage, manager Simon Grayson wants more – and his squad know that they need to keep improving.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Dave Robertson and his Peterborough United side the manager said that the players were having drummed into them the need to continue improving every single day.

“We put pressure on ourselves to improve with every game and we want to keep maintaining the level of performances we have had and stay where we are,” said the gaffer.

“We have been putting that same pressure on all season to get to where we are now and we reiterate to the players every day before training and before every game, that we have worked hard to get where we are, but now we have to work even harder.

“We can’t think that we’ve achieved anything, as we haven’t, just as a few weeks ago we didn’t think it was all doom and gloom. We all know what we need to do and that we need to remain focused and we will aim to win every match that we are involved in and hopefully that will be good enough.”

The latest test for the Lilywhites is a Posh side who have won four straight under their former Academy chief and the PNE boss thinks every game will have something riding on it right up to the end of the season.

“The nature of the division is telling you that there is always something on the game,” he continued. “Teams are desperate to get into that top six – and it is so close – and down the bottom it is equally as tight.

“There will not be a team in our division who has nothing to play for with ten games to go and that is quite a rarity – you look round the other divisions and there are teams who aren’t going to make the Play-Offs, but won’t get relegated, but there is something riding on all the games in our division.

“Peterborough are a team that have done very well in the last few weeks with Dave Robertson in charge. They have a new spirit about them; a new belief and confidence. They are a hard-working team and they have given themselves an opportunity to get into that top six.

“It is a tough game, as are all the games we have to play at the moment, but the opposition will be well aware of how we are doing as well.”

Tuesday’s visitors to PR1 have had a change of coaching, but not a change in personnel, but Grayson believes they are a very hard-working unit and knows what a difficult game it will be.

“I’ve watched all their recent games and seen how they’ve played and the new manager has certainly got them playing well. They work hard for each other, they play 4-4-2 and he has got the players on his side and playing for him.

“They have got the same momentum about them that we have had going recently and it is a tough game.

“They have always been a club that have done well to go and sign players from lowers leagues and improve them and sell them on or progress with them and they have one or two players that can harm anybody.”

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