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Gaffer Looking To Continue Positive Week

15 January 2016

Manager Simon Grayson is hoping his side can continue their positive week after a terrific away win on Tuesday night.

After picking up the three points against Bristol City, North End now face promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town on Saturday and the PNE boss knows to expect a tough game from a side managed by Mick McCarthy. 

"We started off the week in a real positive manner, getting the three points on Tuesday, the lads are buoyant obviously but not over confident but we go to Ipswich, a team who are in the top six and desperate to maintain their promotion push. 

"You know with Mick's teams what you are going to get, they a are hardworking, organised, resilient group, so we know we are in for a tough test. 

"But we played them in the early part of the season and played very well for the first half an hour, they had to change how they were playing, we dominated, but unfortunately for us we lost a game that really we could have got something out of, other than two moments of brilliance from Pitman and Fraser.

"So it will be a tough game but a game that we are looking forward to."

The Lilywhites have picked up some impressive results against the top sides this season, and Grayson admits it's only natural for players to up their game against the teams high in the table. 

"In any division, when you're a team that's the underdog, you enjoy putting yourselves up against the big teams whether that's at home or away, you want to express yourselves.

"All over the pitch, players raise the bar, and individuals within our group are pushing each other on a regular basis to make sure they are doing that and doing everything they can for the team. 

"We always make sure that we work hard from the shape of the team, and we are always going to get chances, so it is a big game for us, but one that we're looking forward to and know that we can get something from."

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