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Gaffer Hoping For The Perfect Finish

5 May 2016

Manager Simon Grayson feels that victory at Deepdale on Saturday would be a fitting end to a terrific season back in the Championship.

North End host the gaffer's former club Leeds United in the final game of the season this weekend, and he is looking to build on last week's win over Reading as he sets his sights on a positive end to the campaign.

Victory against Reading secured a top half finish for the Lilywhites, something that the PNE boss has been striving for: "It's just great that we can't finish outside of the top half, that's what we have stressed over the last few weeks is our main aim and it would be reflective of our season in general

"That was the first aim, people talk about a top ten finish, if we can acheieve that by victory at the weekend then brilliant.

"It would be a fitting way to win at the weekend, the last home game, and it would bring the curtain down on the season and send everyone home in a positive manner and ready for next year as well.

"It's all about finishing the season in a strong manner, this time last week we said we wanted to finish with two victories, we acheieved the first at Reading last week, let's go and replicate that performance and get victory at the weekend."

This weekend's visitors will comfortably end the season in midtable, but the PNE boss feels his old side have underachieved this season.

"Steve has a manner in which he plays and he conducts himself, but they are in a position where they should be.

"I think Leeds would fall into the category of a team that have underachieved, even though they are going to finish half way up the division, for Leeds United they have underachieved, and for them it's still not good enough, they need to be pushing for the Play-Offs.

"They are a big club obviously and when you look back their budget would probably be twice as big as ours, they spent quite a bit of money over the year. As I said I think they have underacheived and they will be disappointed, the supporters will be frustrated that it's another season where they've not really challenged.

"Their season was over a few weeks ago if not a couple of months ago, so it's disappointing for them but we will concentrate on what we are doing.

"Steve's got a way of getting his teams to play, you know they are going to be hard to beat, they will run right to the final whistle and give it a right go. THey will be looking to send their 5,000 plus fans home in a positive manner ahead of hte summer as well.

"It's a great game to finish the season both personally and professionally."

Watch the extended interview with the manager now on PNE PlayerHD by clicking on the video below. 

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