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Simon Grayson: “There Was a Desire From Everyone”

2 January 2016

Manager Simon Grayson felt that the desire and determination to get a winner was evident from his side after the late drama against Rotherham.

The Lilywhites secured back-to-back home wins after an own goal gave them the three points in the final minute of stoppage time to send the Deepdale crowd home buoyant.

The second half display by the Lilywhites deserved nothing more after a change of formation by the manager turned the game on its head.

“The first half wasn’t good enough to win us the game, given how lacklustre we were with the ball and without the ball we didn’t have enough tempo,” the manager told PNE PlayerHD after the game. “Rotherham got themselves in front and we made it difficult for ourselves.

“We got a reaction from the players, changed the system and caused them a few problems. 

“The players kept going and I said to Thomo (Steve Thompson) in about the 85th minute that we were due a late goal and there was a desire from everybody to get one – yes, it was an own goal, but you will take that and ultimately it gave us the three points.

“We looked it at half-time and felt we had to do something different. We had been too predictable and weren’t moving the ball quickly enough and full credit to Rotherham, they worked hard and closed us down.

“But we changed the system. We felt with Gally out wide on the left he would put balls into the box and the number that he put in with quality was there for everyone to see. Players were getting on the end of things and I though Lee Camp made some fantastic saves and kept them in it.

“We kept going though and whilst Rotherham will be disappointed to have conceded so late, we were delighted to secure back-to-back wins.”

You can hear more from the manager, including news about Will Keane’s recall and the season long loan addition of Adam Reach now by logging onto PNE PlayerHD – click here now to watch the full interview.

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