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Simon Grayson On Forest Clash

2 November 2015

Manager Simon Grayson spoke ahead of the visit of Dougie Freedman’s Nottingham Forest and was looking forward to the next test the Championship presents.

The Lilywhites gaffer said that his side would be looking to earn the right to pick up their first three home points of the season after making it four games unbeaten with the goalless draw against local rivals Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

“Every Championship is different and there is a lot of quality in the division,” said the PNE chief. “You look at Bolton at the weekend, they were bottom of the division, but had a wealth of Championship players available to them and Forest are no different. Yes, they have a few injury problems, but they also have a huge group of players that have experience and quality as well. 

“They are in a similar position to us, but just because you are at home against a team in a similar position to you, doesn’t mean that you have a divine right to win that football match; you have to earn the right to win any game. 

“So far we have been working hard and we have been pleased with the effort of the players, but we know what Forest can do to you, but they will be aware of us. They will know we are hard to break down and we know there are aspects of their game we can try and exploit and try and get that first home victory. 

“We know it is not a million miles away from coming. If you look at all the games we have been involved in this season, home or away, we haven’t been outplayed for 90 minutes by any team, we have given a good account of ourselves and any point you pick up is invaluable.”

Forest boss Freedman, like many manager’s in the division has bemoaned his side’s failure to get results, despite some positive performances  and the North End boss is looking for that to continue on Tuesday night.

“Hopefully on Tuesday night they feel the same way – that they have done alright, but end up losing the game. 

“It is a thing that a lot of managers are saying at the moment, they are saying that they are playing well and not getting the results. Something is quite common amongst us all, but I am not too bothered about what is happening at other football clubs, I am concerned with what we are trying to do. 

“I am pleased with how we are developing and it is a building process – you can’t just expect to be beating everybody at the top of the table from where we have come; we have to take it step by step and keep improving, which I think we are doing, adding the blocks along the way,” he added.

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