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Next Goal Is Important Says Gaffer

8 May 2015

Manager Simon Grayson believes the next goal could be crucial as Chesterfield visit Deepdale on Sunday for the second leg of the Play-Off semi final.

PNE lead the tie 1-0 thanks to an early Jermaine Beckford goal in the first leg but the gaffer insists nothing has been achieved yet and his side know how important getting the first goal on Sunday could be. 

"We're delighted that we've got a slender lead to bring back to Deepdale. We'll have a big crowd around us and they'll be expecting us to go for the next goal." The North End boss told PNE Player. 

"The next goal is important, I saw Paul Cook interviewed after the game and he said the next goal in this game is very decisive because it obviously gives us a good cushion or it gets them back into the game.

"That's what cup competitions are all about. Whether it's the JPT or a Play-Off final or in the Champions League etc, it's over two legs. Basically the thing you say to the players is make sure you're in the tie in the second leg.  

"We mentioned before the game [the first leg] that the JPT game against Walsall, we were out of it to a certain degree with the two goals that we conceded. With sat night [Thursday] we've given ourselves a great opportunity, we've stayed in the game and also we've got that goal.

"We are well and truly in this game but we won't underestimate Chesterfield because they've shown what they are capable of doing. 

"What we've done is give ourselves an opportunity and we will take confidence into the game on Sunday."

To hear more from Simon Grayson go to PNE Player by clicking here. 

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