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Gaffer Looking For Cup Progress

8 August 2016

Manager Simon Grayson is hoping his side can put right the defeat on Saturday on Tuesday night against Hartlepool.

North End fell to defeat against Reading on the opening day of the season at the weekend, and the gaffer is looking to put that right with progression in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night. 

"It doesn't matter what game it is on a Tuesday after a defeat, you want to get back out there and try and put right what you didn't do right at the weekend. 

"It's a good opportunity for us, regardless of the competition or the opposition you are playing, we've got to go out there and make sure that we have a bit more urgency in our play off the ball. 

"Make sure that we pass the ball better and get back to being hard to beat and get that first victory.  Everybody wants to get a victory as early as possible, it's not the be all and end all that we lost at the weekend but there are certain parts of it we were disappointed with. 

"Tuesday is a good opportunity but we will be respectful of the opposition and the competition and will be looking to progress into the next round. 

With a strong squad to choose from, Grayson admits there could be changes on the night, though he has ruled out wholesale changes for the visit of Craig Hignett's side. 

"There's an option for me to make ten or eleven changes because of the personnel I've got available, but if you look at my record over my managerial career I've never been one to make that many changes the second game into the season. 

"I would think the nucleus of the team would be the same as it was at the weekend, and obviously one or two other players could come in to consideration as well so we will see where we go on that. 

"It is still about players finding their feet and ultimately coming up to speed with competitive football. Pre-season don't have the same kind of edge, they don't have the same sharpness to them or decision making because ultimately the result doesn't really matter in pre-season, it does and it doesn't. 

"Saturday was disappointing, the first half especially, the second half was better because we were more on the front foot with and without the ball and asked questions of the opposition. 

"Tuesday night we want something similar to the second half performance and if we do that we've got a good chance of progressing which we should do."

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