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Simon Grayson: “It Was A Really Good Performance”

7 November 2015

Manager Simon Grayson was delighted as his side made it six games unbeaten with a positive performance at Loftus Road.

The Lilywhites made it 22 clean sheets for the calendar year – the most by any team in all four professional divisions – and six consecutively, to equal a Club record last achieved in 2000.

Grayson’s side also got stronger as the game went on and seemed the most likely of the two sides to take the three points, unluckily seeing one late header cleared off the line and another goalbound volley blocked as the home side ran out of ideas in the final 20 minutes.

Speaking to PNE PlayerHD shortly after the final whistle the gaffer was delighted with how his side adapted and grew into the game.

“It was a really good performance,” he said. “This was a really tough game for us. When you looked at the fixture list at the start of the season you knew QPR away was going to be a tough game. 

“They have some good players and you had to throw in that it was Neil Warnock’s first game back in the dug out, so the place would have more energy and optimism about it, but we knew for the first ten or 15 minutes it would be all hands to the pump, but we changed the system, that we thought about doing before the game, and ultimately we have been disciplined, worked hard and it has been a very good performance by the team. 

“As the game wore on we looked like the side who were going to nick it. To get six clean sheets in a row at any level is remarkable and congratulations to everybody who has been involved.

“We didn’t know what system Neil was going to play and was personnel he was going to use, so we had to suck it and see a little bit, but we also had a ‘plan B’ that we could turn to a 4-3-3 if they were having a lot of possession. 

“We had to grow into the game, weather the storm and then as the game went on, build up from there and that worked really well, because as the game wore on, particularly in that last 15 or 20 minutes, the crowd were getting frustrated and we limited them to very few opportunities and we looked like we could go and get a goal. 

“It was unfortunate that Bailey’s header hit somebody on the line, otherwise we could have come away with the three points.”

His defensive unit were again in top form, with two players singled out for praise in a group where any of them could have been man of the match: “You know what you get from Hunts; he heads things and clears things and he knows his own strengths as well,” continued the boss. 

“Marnick has his best game for us; he was up against Junior Hoilett and saw that he disappeared to the bench in the second half and he should take a lot of belief and confidence from that. 

“It is very difficult at times when you bring players to a club; they need a run of games to get their confidence up and find their own feet – the last few weeks he has been doing that and today was his best performance and hopefully he can build on that now from a personal point of view. 

“He is a good player and hopefully this run of games can give him the confidence that will make him even better.”

To watch the full interview and also to hear what Marnick Vermijl had to say about the Lilywhites’ latest point click here to log into PNE PlayerHD now.

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