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Gaffer Expects Tough Test From Struggling Fulham

4 April 2016

Fresh from another derby day victory on the road, manager Simon Grayson's attention is fully focused on the next game.

The Lilywhites host Fulham at Deepdale on Tuesday night, a side who find themselves struggling at the wrong end of the table. 

Depsite their league position, the gaffer expects a tough test from a Fulham side who picked up their first win in eight games at the weekend.

Speaking of the Cottagers' current positions, Grayson said: "No team has a divine right to be in that top six, and no one has a divine right to be outside of a relegation scrap, and that's what the Championship is all about.

"Fulham find themselves in there, they had a good result and a big result against MK Dons on Saturday and they have got some talented players.

"Somewhere down the line things have not been going right which can happen at a football club and everyone has seen over the years that no club is too big to go down from any division.

"We know that they will be fighting and scrapping, they've got some key players in Dembele and McCormack obviously, so we have to get on top of the game and make sure we are very good defensively.

"But obviously we will look at them as well and think that they've conceeded a few goals so we will try and get at them as well.

"It's about trying to get the right balance we try to get in every game that we are involved in."

After a sell-out away following on Saturday, the PNE boss admits it will be a completely different atmosphere on Tuesday night, but expects his players to be just as fired up and looking for three points once again.

"The players will have to be mentally strong, everyone can get up for local derbies, but you've got to be able to do it in the lower key games.

"This isn't a lower key game on paper, but it is with the number of people who are going to be at Deepdale on Tuesday night.

"We are fully aware of that, but we've done it over the last few weeks when we've had smaller crowds, we've gone and got victories, you want to get a good result on a Saturday and follow it up with another on the Tuesday and  that's what we will be looking to do again.

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