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Plenty To Play For Says Grayson

6 March 2017

Manager Simon Grayson feels there is still plenty to play for this season with his side sitting in ninth place in the table.

The next challenge facing North End is a trip to Derby County on Tuesday night, another side aiming to dislodge one of the current sides in the Play-Off places. 
Despite defeat to Play-Off chasing Fulham at the weekend, the PNE boss is aiming to bounce back quickly and with 11 games still to play, he feels anything is possible. 
"We are above them in the table and we are still looking upwards rather than below us and Derby and a few other teams will be doing exactly the same thing. 
"We've got 11 games to go, there's 33 points to play for and who knows where it's going to take us.
"We've said before the weekend that we've got a lot of teams who are going to be in and around us still to play, you pick up points against them and you've got a good chance still. 
"Until it's mathematically impossible for us to get there then we will keep doing as much as we can to win every game.
"The players are hungry for success and we will keep striving to improve game by game, we will learn from the weekend but we certainly go to Derby in good spirits based on the run that we've been on."
The manager feels the Rams may be disappointed not to be higher in the division, given their resources in recent years, but knows it will be a tough game against a side still hunting for a place in the top six. 
On Tuesday night's opposition, the gaffer continued: "They have got some very talented players, I think as a football club they will be very disappointed with where they are in the division. 
"With the money that they have spent and the money that they've got I think they should be challenging for the Play-Offs at the very least. 
"There's still plenty of time to go, I'm sure they will be thinking they can still get there.
"We are aware of their threats, they've come off the back of a poor run recently and they got a much needed victory at the weekend against Barnsley who are a good team as we all know.
"So we are under no illusions that we are going to Pride Park for an easy game because you go to Derby and you know you're going to get a tough game."

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