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Gaffer Excited By Competition In Squad Ahead Of Bristol City

15 December 2016

Heading in to the Christmas period, manager Simon Grayson is welcoming a selection headache with Bristol City on the horizon this weekend.

The gaffer made just one change from Saturday's 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers to the side that faced Nottingham Forest in mid-week with Alan Browne chosen ahead of Jordan Hugill.

The PNE gaffer will have much to ponder going in to Saturday's affair with Aiden McGeady in line for a return to the side, as well as the option of adding long-term absentee Stevie May to the bench for the game.

"I've got some decisions to make and that's how it should be," stated Grayson to PNEPlayerHD.

"You can add Gally (Paul Gallagher) and John Welsh to that equation as well who could return over the Christmas period and long may that continue.

"Players are coming back into the team and performing well. From the game against Blackburn, we looked a major threat going forward and got the three points and last night we looked solid and we attacked well. It's going to be a different type of game on Saturday, but we're going to try and replicate that with a similar sort of performance."

North End are fairly familiar with their next opponents with both having enjoyed promotion from League One in 2014/15 with both sides also attaining their Championship status the year after.

There's been a number of personnel changes since the two sides last met however, one of those most notably Josh Brownhill who opted to make the move south from Preston to Bristol City in the summer.

"Josh did well for us but made the decision to elsewhere," continued the gaffer on Brownhill who is in the frame to face his former side on Saturday.

"He started the season in the team but has been out of it recently, but if he starts we know plenty about him and if he doesn't there'll be another player in there who'll want to do well for Bristol City.

"We wish him well for the future of course but for ourselves, if he starts we're hoping he has a poor game Saturday."

On North End's opposition at the weekend, the gaffer continued: "They've had a good start to the season, results have been a bit indifferent for them recently but like any team in the Championship you can win any particular game.

"They've got the threats of (Tammy) Abraham and (Aaron) Wilbraham so we know what to expect. We've got to concentrate and try and build off what we did against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night and hopefully try and get some more points at a difficult place.

"If anybody saw the game on Wednesday, they'd have been impressed by us in the first-half. We controlled the game for large parts and got into some good positions and when you look back, their goalkeeper made some brilliant saves and we limited them to few opportunities in the first-half."

For Grayson's full interview, as well as Chris Maxwell's thoughts ahead of the game, head to PNEPlayerHD now.

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