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Simon Grayson Pleased With Four In A Row

23 February 2016

North End manager Simon Grayson saw him side make it four consecutive Championship wins as they overcame Charlton Athletic at Deepdale.

The PNE chief spoke to PNE PlayerHD after the game and admitted that his side took 45 minutes to get going, but in the end thoroughly deserved the win that moved them up to ninth in the table.

“It was always going to be a difficult game,” he told the online TV channel. “Saturday took care of itself with the atmosphere and we tried to warn the players and the supporters that that can happen sometimes; where you have games Saturday-Tuesday and they are different types of games. 

“They changed their system to combat how we played and we cancelled each other out. We didn’t play well enough with or without the ball and we didn’t stop them from playing. There wasn’t much in the first half and we were disappointed we conceded so quickly after we scored, but ultimately we changed it at half-time. 

“The lads took on board what we spoke about and we got the result again.”

The opening goal was another from the Gallagher-Garner combination that has been so prevalent over the past few years. Garner made it 100 career goals and how many of his 55 fro PNE have been supplied by Gallagher? The boss felt it was an excellent timely strike.

“When you look at it again, it is a really good header from Garns,” he continued. “He pulled away from his marker and it is a really good header. 

“They have a combination those two. Gally knows where Garns is going to be and Garns is going to get himself into those positions.

“It was great to get the first goal, because that’s what you need when you are playing against a team fighting for their lives. They actually played very well and have some good footballers. They kept the ball, played well first half and we let them back into it with their goal.”

And the winner came after the manager had made a half-time change that came to fruition less than seven minutes later, Callum Robinson firing home his first goal of his latest loan spell in PR1.

“It was the basics we had to do better. We needed to pass the ball quicker; play it on the floor quicker and stop them from playing, get tighter and win the second balls.

“We changed the system and it worked. Callum came on and looked very lively. Bailey did nothing wrong, I spoke to him and full credit to him, he accepted what we wanted to do and it worked for the team and everyone understood that.

“I thought when we had chances to break in the second half we broke really well. The goal epitomised what we could have done a few more times. It was a great throw out, well worked by Reachy and it was great to see it hit the back of the net.

“Callum has worked hard and waited for opportunities and that goal will give him a big boost. He looked lively; him and Reachy were breaking quickly, we got bodies forward and we just didn’t take the right option at times or were unfortunate on others, but we showed the game management we have improved on this year by seeing the game out,” added the gaffer.

To watch the full interview and to hear from striker and 100 goal man Joe Garner, click here now to log onto PNE PlayerHD.

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