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PNE Play-Off Rewind v Chesterfield (A): Match Preview

2 April 2020

Club News

PNE Play-Off Rewind v Chesterfield (A): Match Preview

2 April 2020

Ahead of the screening of our 2015 Play-Off semi-final first leg against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium, we look back on what then manager Simon Grayson and top scorer Joe Garner had to say before the trip to face Paul Cook’s men.

The full 90 minutes of that game will be streamed live on the club's Youtube channel from 7.45pm this evening!

Speaking to iFollow PNE before the game, Simon stressed the need to put the loss at Colchester United that prevented automatic promotion behind them and remember how well they had done so far that season.

“We have been given a second opportunity,” he said. “We could be in a worse situation. We knew that different situations could evolve and it didn’t go how we wanted it to on Sunday, but we still have an opportunity to get promoted.

“Sunday and Monday were a time for reflection on things, but we have to remember what we are and how well we have done this season. One defeat in 19 games; the first time in 30 games we have not scored a goal and we finished 30 points better off that the team in sixth place.

“The group know they didn’t do what they needed to at the weekend, but we will be positive in our approach and that’s what you have to be.

“You can’t affect what has gone in the past; but we can affect what happens on Thursday and Sunday, that’s for sure.

“We have to embrace it. People might be negative and cautious and that might make us the underdogs, but we will have a right go at it.

“Records are there to be broken; my glass is always half full and the players are determined to do something about it. We have two tough ties in the semis and there are no guarantees in football, but why can’t we win, go to Wembley and get promoted? It’s a fantastic way to get promoted and everyone has to believe we can do it.

Meanwhile, Garner was pleased they didn’t have too long to reflect on the previous weekend’s result before getting back into action against the Spireites.

He added: “The games come quick, with Thursday night so soon and there's only us who can put it right and get promotion.

“Sunday was tough, it didn't go to plan or how we wanted it to but we have to move on and we go into the game Thursday confident that we've lost one game in 19 and we will be ready for Chesterfield.

“The Play-Offs will be tough, we know that they will be tough but we will be ready, we will prepare for Chesterfield this next couple of days and we will go there confident that we can get a result like we've done already this year.

“The lads have been hurting, I think it's only normal that it's like that but we are the ones who can put it right and we will go out there on Thursday and give it our all to hopefully get a lead to come back to Deepdale with and hopefully get the job done at Wembley.”

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