Five on the bounce for PNE delights Grayson

Preston North End's Manager Simon Grayson
Preston North End's Manager Simon Grayson
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Simon Grayson applauded the performance of his Preston North End side as they beat Gillingham 3-1 to make it five victories in a row at Deepdale.

John Welsh’s first goal of the season gave them an early lead and they went on to boss the first half, only for the visitors to level a minute before half-time through Cody McDonald.

Paul Gallagher and Neil Kilkenny then scored in a seven-minute spell in the second half to give North End their advantage back.

PNE boss Grayson said:”We have been saying for the last few weeks that we wanted to be going into the play-offs with momentum and get this home form really firing.

“Today was very much like Monday’s game against Shrewsbury. We created a lot of chances, took some of them - some things were pleasing, some things we need to work on a little bit.

“I can’t fault the players for what they have done. They have won another game, scored goals and created chances. I’m very pleased.”

North End head into next Saturday’s final game against Crewe in third place, and a win at Gresty Road would keep them there.

Reflecting on the game, Grayson said: “We started the game very brightly, passed the ball round with a purpose and had people running forward into good positions.

“It was a very good goal from John Welsh which set the tone.

“We wanted to build on that but Gillingham equalised which is something we need to deal with.

“But the players came out in the second half and played very well.

“With the chances we created in the first half, the game could have been over by half-time.

“I’m really pleased with how certain players are playing, but more importantly the team.

“There is a lot riding on next week’s game for both ourselves and Crewe.”