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Manager Looking To Develop Partnerships In Attack

2 November 2015

Manager Simon Grayson is happy with his side's defensive displays of late, but admits he is hoping to turn things around at the other end of the pitch.

After four consecutive cleansheets, North End have been solid at the back in recent games, but have found goals hard to come by and the gaffer is hoping to change that on Tuesday night against Nottingham Forest. 

Joe Garner started alongside Eoin Doyle against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, the first time the pair have started as a front two together for the Club, and the PNE boss feels once strike partnerships develop, the goals will come. 

"We've got to make sure we build on what we've been doing. We're really pleased with the effort, the desire, the work rate of the team and the defensive qualities that we have as a team.

"I think from the back to the middle on Saturday again was good, it's just where it really matters in that final third we aren't ticking all of the boxes at the moment. 

"It's something we have to keep working on and keep improving on and tweak a few things to hopefully give us a few more opportunities."

Speaking of partnership up front, Grayson continued: "Saturday was the first time Joe Garner and Eoin Doyle have started together, and I think we've been a little bit unfortunate that he haven't been able to get partnerships developing, and once partnerships get a bit of understanding then they can click. 

"When you look at the partnership of Beckford and Garner from last year,the understanding of the pair of them and the goals they scored contributed to a successful season. We are trying to get the right partnership, because when you look at all of our strikers on paper, they have all scored goals at every level and every club they have played at. 

"We've just got to do things slightly differently as a team, but also give these players the opportunity to understand how each other work and hopefully all of those things come together to get us the results."

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