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Gaffer Aiming For Maximum Points

9 February 2017

With a busy couple of weeks ahead, manager Simon Grayson is aiming to pick up as many points as possible to push his side closer to the top six.

North End face back to back home games this week, with the visit of Brentford on Saturday before the Lilywhites host Birmingham City on Tuesday night at Deepdale.
PNE have drawn three of their last four league games and the gaffer is looking to put a stop to that this weekend and start turning the draws into victories. 
Speaking ahead of the next batch of fixtures, the PNE boss said: "At this moment we are drawing too many games for our liking so hopefully we can put on a good performance and pick up the three points and do whatever is required to get those three points.
"Any time that you get three games in a week it can ultimately push you up to the Play-Offs, take you away from the Play-Offs, take you out of the relegation zone or drop you into relegation depending on how many points there is in it. 
"When you are at this stage of the season and when you've got through the next four games or so you are into the March period and the games are suddenly down to single figures.
"Over the next four or five games we will aim to pick up as many points as possible, we have got three at home and Wigan away and hopefully we can use that home advantage to get some positive results to keep us on the periphery of the Play-Offs or ultimately try and get into the Play-Offs."
PNE will have a point to prove on Saturday to some extent after a 5-0 defeat away to this weekend's opposition earlier in the season. Both sides have progressed since that game but the manager is fully aware of the threats in The Bees' side, a team who have a good record against North End in recent seasons. 
"I think they've had the better of us and that can happen sometimes but ultimately we've got to make sure that we do whatever it requires to go and win the game. 
"We are obviously disappointed with the result this year when we suffered a heavy loss. There wasn't a great deal in the game until the last 15 minutes which made the scoreline look a little bit worse than it actually was and it was a difficult day for everybody connected with the club.
"Ultimately we responded after that and had some great performances. We know that Brentford have got some good players, some talented footballers who like to play in a positive, attractive manner and they've had some good results recently.
"They've beaten Aston Villa who they absolutely battered and on Sunday they could have gone 3-0 up but for a missed penalty which allowed Brighton to back into it and to get a point. 
"That's two strong performances that I've seen recently so we know we have to be on our metal against them."

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