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Grayson Out To Take Chances

9 March 2017

On Tuesday night against Derby, Callum Robinson had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside which would have put the Lilywhites in the lead at Pride Park.

Preston North End have lost a potential ten points this season due to decisions, but as he prepares to take on Reading, manager Simon Grayson insists that you make your own luck in football.
 
“When you look at it, it probably hasn’t gone in our favour but then there are probably things that we have missed where we have got the rub of the green. 
 
“Its part and parcel of football, you don’t moan about it, it just happens. Somewhere down the line you like to think that we might get a decision that borders on offside and it happens for us that we a positive decision or even a penalty. 
 
“We have only had one of those all season. Ten games to go, the ratio means that we probably won’t get another one from now until the end of the season but it would be nice if we could do.”
 
Grayson is a supporter of technology in football and feels that due to the high stakes in the Championship, referees need all the help they can get. 
 
Next season the Championship will introduce goal line technology, similar to that in the Premier League, but the manager wants to go one further and have technology used to review controversial decisions during matches.
 
“I think that they need technology to help them out. It has now got to a stage where technology has to come into football.
 
“It is good it is coming to the Championship next year and it will help along the way. I think it needs to be used for key incidents as well. 
 
“It doesn’t take too long for them to go back to something because I get decisions to me through the microphone within 30 seconds from our IT department knowing whether the decision is right or wrong.”
 
With the visit of Reading on the horizon, Grayson is preparing his side to cope without having the ball for long spells as Jaap Stam’s Reading are excellent in possession. 
 
The PNE boss knows that his North End side are capable of getting the win despite limited possession of the ball. 
 
“It doesn’t matter what happens between both boxes, it is what happens in them. 
 
“I have never known a goal scored for 80 passes. We know that is how Reading play, against Newcastle the other night they had 70 per cent possession against the team who were in the Premier League last season and are top of the division. 
 
“Everybody has got different ways of playing, everyone has different types of players that they use for different philosophies. Results are never won or lost by possession, it is goals that matter, isn’t it?”
 
Grayson is hoping the club can extend its good run at home and use it as a platform for success this season. 
 
“We want to try and build off the results we have been having at Deepdale. We’ve seen plenty of goals, some good play and if we can produce that sort of performance again, stop the other team from playing, we are going to create a chance of beating them. 
 
“They have got the money behind them to go and do that. They have got a big squad and some talented players, international players, but it’s about who wants it more, who goes out and runs the most, works the hardest and takes their chances."

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