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Grayson On Making It Away Derby Win Number Three

2 April 2016

PNE boss Simon Grayson spoke to PNE Player after making it win number three on the road against local rivals.

This afternoon's 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers saw North End secure a hat-trick of derby day victories with Bolton and Burnley also beaten on their own patch by the Lilywhites this season.

It also sees Preston's 37-year wait for a win at Ewood Park come to an end with Grayson's contingent sending 7,000 Preston fans home with smiles on their faces thanks to goals from strike force Joe Garner and Jordan Hugill.

It was the hosts who initially took the lead through Elliot Ward who responded first to Hope Akpan's header which hit the cross bar, firing home the rebound inside the box after 15 minutes

The response came ten minutes later; Joe Garner's shot inside the area was destined for the back of the net, only for it to be blocked by the hand of Rovers captain Shane Duffy, and the Blackburn skipper was given his marching orders, paving the way for Garner to score against his former employers.

Garner obliged to bring the scores level, whilst his strike partner, Hugill volleyed the all-yellow Lilywhites in front just before half-time, which ultimately proved to be the winner.

Grayson, who spoke to PNE PlayerHD on the final whistle said: "We spoke to the players before the game and said that we've got eight games to go, we want to win as many of them as possible, we've got 7,000 supporters here who were desperate to see us get a result so let's try and send them home happy and see where the results take us.

"Bragging rights have got to be earned, Blackburn got that right earlier in the season but we've come here today and we've got the rights over the next few days to celebrate.

"Full credit to them, they started the better of the two and got their goal. The turning point in the game was the sending off with the penalty and that changed the outlook of the game; the referee made the right decision, and I thought he handled the game well and he got a lot of the decisions right.

"It's pleasing for the supporters that they can have the bragging rights on a weekend; you have to earn the right in any game and we're delighted we've made it a hat-trick of derby wins away from home.

On approaching the game against Fulham in three days time, the gaffer continued: "It's going to be a different type of game next Tuesday. Fulham are going to be desperate for the points as they're fighting for their lives.

"We've got the win here but now it's time to address the Fulham game and what we're going to do; we want to win as many games as possible before the season ends and see where it takes us."

For more reaction from Simon Grayson as well an interview with Joe Garner after scoring against his former employers, head to PNE PlayerHD via this link.

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