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Simon Grayson: “The Scoreline Reflected The Performance”

19 October 2016

Manager Simon Grayson was delighted with the way his side went about their game in the 3-1 home win over early pace-setters Huddersfield Town.

“We looked a constant threat and we will take the goals and three points however they come,” added the manager.

“People might think we have scored from three set pieces, which we have, which gives us the three points, but some of the overall play was good.

“The balls in for the goals were great deliveries.

The quality of delivery from the manager’s No.12 was superb all night and the manager admitted that he was happy with the goals, irrespective of how they went in.

“The front two were a constant threat and when you look at the whole game, the delivery in from Gallagher and Pringle was fantastic and it was great to win the game.”

“We knew what we had to do. We showed great energy, we went with a narrow four with Pringle and Gallagher, who would do a job on and off the ball, and Pearson and DJ locked onto people.

The extra day on the training pitch was something the North End chief was grateful for: “One thing that went in our favour was that they played on Sunday and that allowed us to do things on Monday and Tuesday with the team, whereas they obviously didn’t have as much time, but we all go through that at times during the season,” continued Simon.

“The only disappointing thing was that we didn’t keep a clean sheet, but that would be getting a bit picky!”

“We didn’t allow them to get into their passing routine, which they are very good at doing and are have been as good as anybody so far this season in this division, so the work we did off the ball contributed to the work we could do on the ball and overall it was a fantastic team performance from the beginning, right the way through to the end.

“The scoreline reflected the performance,” he said. “I thought we were very good. Sometimes you go and win a game with the ball, and what you do with it, but sometimes you also win a game by what you do without it and the work ethic we showed tonight and the closing down, where we didn’t allow them to play – pressing them high up the pitch – was excellent.

Speaking to PNE PlayerHD after his side made it six games unbeaten the North End gaffer was delighted with the way the game plan was implemented.

Goals from former Terrier Tom Clarke, fellow defender Alex Baptiste and Paul Gallagher, who had set up the first two, gave the Lilywhites a three goal cushion before the hour mark. Nahki Wells got a late consolation for the visitors, but it was little more than solace for David Wagner and his man.

To watch more from Simon and to see what Paul Gallagher had to say about his two assists and his first goal of the season, click here now to log in to PNE PlayerHD.

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