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No Added Pressure Says Grayson

2 March 2017

Manager Simon Grayson doesn't feel there is any added pressure going into this weekend's game against Fulham.

From the start of the season, the PNE boss has demanded the best from his squad and that remains the same going into Saturday's game. 
Despite Fulham currently sitting just one point above North End in the Championship table, the Lilywhites continue to be under the radar when it comes to pressures from outside of the club but that's something the gaffer has no problem with. 
"I think it's a similar sort of pressure to what we've had all season, we've not had it from outside of the club but from all of us inside the club.
"We demand a high standard from the players every day in training and ultimately taking that into match situations.
"There are teams above us, below us and around us who are certainly under more pressure to get results from now until the end of the season because they are expected to be up there and to be further up the division to get promotion. 
"We as a group of players will just keep going out, performing to the best we can, work extremely hard, give everything and hopefully those ingredients are going to be good enough to win a game again.
With plenty of games left to play against those around the Play-Off places in the coming weeks, the gaffer knows the importance of every point at this stage of the season. 
"Over the next few weeks we've got some really crucial games with the teams that we are playing against but at this stage of the season every point in every game you play in is vital to seeing how the rest of the season pans out. 
"Fulham are obviously a very good footballing team, they've got some good players, scored lots of goals and they have a lot of possession in all of the games they are involved in.
"We go there as the underdogs but we will go there in good spirits after the run that we've been on recently and the performance and hopefully we can get three points to keep that run going." 
North End closed the gap on the top six last weekend to just six points with a win over Queens Park Rangers, and the manager remains fully focused on what he can effect and not the results of others. 
"It's part of football at this stage of the season that people look into fixtures and it's hard to get away from who is playing who at the weekend because that's part of you job of preparing for your next few weeks of games. 
"We know what we have to do but all we can effect is the game that we are involved in so we will do that and anything else that comes our way will be a bonus. 
"Last weekend a lot of the results were positive for us in terms of our own and those around us, hopefully that is the case again this weekend."

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