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No Complacency From Grayson

3 November 2016

Manager Simon Grayson will be making sure there is no complacency in his side ahead of this weekend's trip to Rotherham United.

After a month of facing the top sides in the division, Saturday sees a trip to the Millers who sit bottom of the Championship, but the manager is expecting just as tough a game from Kenny Jackett's side for different reasons. 

North End will likely be the favourites going into the game given PNE's recent form and league position and speaking of the preparation for the weekend, the PNE boss said: "There are different preparations for every game. You've got the tactical side of it, how you are going to play and how the opposition are going to play, but also with every game you play in the mental side has to come in to it too. 

"You have to make sure that you are up for every game, on paper it might be that we are looked on as the favourites for the game because of where we are in the division and where they are. 

"But given that they have a fairly new manager in there, they are a hard team to play against and they will have that spring in their step because they are trying to impress the new manager, this isn't' a given for us that we are guaranteed to win."

The gaffer wants his side to maintain their standards of recent weeks, and knows the squad will need to be at their best again this weekend. 

"You have to make sure you keep doing the right things, keep running and working as hard as you've done against your Brighton's and your Villa's and Newcastle's and hopefully you take your chances when they come along." He continued. 

"We've told the players what they need to do, we keep reiterating it all of the time, and it wasn't so long ago that we were in the bottom three and we know what it's like to be down there. 

"You do your utmost to do what you can to get out of it and you win a couple of games and it can really give you a springboard to go on. So we don't want to be the team where Rotherham get a springboard to get out of the run that they are on at this moment in time." 

Despite having a relatively new manager in place in Kenny Jackett, Grayson knows what to expect from a side led by a manager he knows well. 

"Kenny's teams are always organised, hard working, they have got a set way of playing and I think when you go to a new club you've got to go back to basics. Whatever has happened previously obviously wasn't working under the previous manager which is why more often than not why you get the job.

"You have to make sure you go back to basics and try and do whatever is required to win a game. They came very close last week to beating Ipswich Town at Portman Road and they are the things that just don't quite go your way when you are near the bottom of the divison compared to the top. 

"To concede late on was disappointing for them but they would have taken a point before the game and he has had clear week this week to work with them so we know what to expect from them and we will certainly need to be a match for them in every department."

To hear more from the manager, go to PNE PlayerHD now by clicking on the video below. 

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