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Simon Grayson Looks Ahead To QPR Clash

19 August 2016

Manager Simon Grayson is looking forward to the challenge of a trip to Loftus Road this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the Lilywhites’ second away game of the season the gaffer said that he had been to see Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side in person on Wednesday night and was aware of what they were capable of.
“It is a tough task, because they have been good so far,” he explained. “I went to watch them at Barnsley last night and although Barnsley played well in the first half, QPR were excellent in the second.
“They have some strong players; some experience and at Loftus Road it is a tight area.
“Last year we went there, and in our eyes, got a creditable draw. I thought we played well down there; weathered the storm, had chances and if we can do the same again this Saturday we will be more than satisfied, but we will be going down there to try and win the game and get that first victory.”
The Hoops have started the season well, their first defeat coming at Oakwell and the PNE boss can see why they have already notched seven goals.
“The big lad Poulter up front is a handful, they also have some tricky players in the wide areas, with Chery just behind,” he continued.
“They are a big football club, with a big budget and aspirations to get back into the Premier League, so we know what to expect.
“Hopefully we can go there, defend properly, get forward and cause an upset.”
His own forward line will be looking to pose more problems in the opposition’s final third and the manager says that a couple of goals for his frontmen will make a big difference to performances.
“If one or two players in the attacking areas can get a couple of goals it will make them relax a bit more and ease the mind.
“Sometimes they can feel a little bit anxious that they feel they have to do something special or quicker than they need to.
“They need to remain composed and it is an area we are trying to improve upon as a group. Everyone has an opportunity to make a claim for a place in the team and they are all capable of it,” he added.

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