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Simon Grayson Wants Ashton Gate Repeat

11 January 2016

Manager Simon Grayson is looking for a similar performance and result to his side’s last trip to Ashton Gate.

The Lilywhites won 1-0 at Bristol City on November 2014, Callum Robinson converting Chris Humphrey’s right wing cross and both manager and player would be delighted with a repeat on Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of the team’s trip down to the south west, the PNE boss said he squad were happy to have another game so quickly after the weekend’s disappointing result in the FA Cup.

“We were disappointed with the result on Saturday,” said the gaffer. “We didn’t take our opportunities when they came along and we didn’t show the qualities we are capable of producing.

“We now have to make sure we keep working hard and strive to get a positive result in the next game, which is Bristol City. We know a lot about them and they also know everything about us.”

The Robins have been a regular foe for North End over the past couple of seasons and Simon expects it to be equally as competitive on Tuesday night.

“The nucleus of their team is the one that romped away with our division last year and deservedly so,” he continued.

“The Championship though is relentless; you makes mistakes and you get punished, we have found that already this season and they will be desperate to win as many matches as they can, but so are we. 

“We want to keep pushing forward. We have a lot of respect for the players that Bristol have got and what they have done and they can be a threat. We are lead to believe they are looking to recruit new players and we know what sort of game we are in for.

“We had two good games against them last year and hopefully we can come out and get the same repeat performance and result we got down there last season.

“They will be buoyed that they took West Brom to a draw, but they will also be disappointed that they didn’t see it through to a victory. Saturday was a different game though and they won’t take anything into this game.”

The aforementioned Callum Robinson, by quirk of the fixture list, makes a quick return to Bristol just a week after ending his loan with the Reds to join PNE and whilst people may think he will be motivated to do well at Ashton Gate, the manager is focused on his player doing his job for the team and nothing more.

“It is up to Callum what he wants to motivate himself personally. We have taken him here because we know what he is capable of.

“Bristol City play 3-5-2 most weeks and therefore it was always going to be difficult at times for Callum to fit into that formation of play, but it was a learning opportunity for him.

“I am sure he will go down there looking to do well for himself, for us and if there is anything else he feels he needs to prove to anyone else then that is secondary to me, as long as he does well for this football club then that’s what matters,” he added.

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