Grayson content with PNE point

PNE striker Joe Garner applauds the North End fans at Oakwell

PNE striker Joe Garner applauds the North End fans at Oakwell

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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson was satisfied with the Lilywhites’ hard-fought point from the Gentry Day clash with Barnsley.

Not a classic game by any stretch of the imagination, North End took a 37th minute lead at Oakwell through Joe Garner.

The Tykes levelled 12 minutes from time through substitute Jabo Ibehre’s header.

Grayson said: “Over the course of the game we had more of the chances.

“Sam Johnstone didn’t have much to do while we certainly worked their keeper.

“We had to be resilient and mix it with them because we were against a team on a good run.

“If someone had asked us at the start of the day whether we would take a draw, we would probably have said ‘yes’ and that is what we did.

“Overall it was a good game for both teams, at the end both teams were still trying to win it.

“Our players worked extremely hard, they were disappointed in the dressing room afterwards because they had not won the match.

“But it is another point for our campaign.”

The draw stretched Preston’s lead in second place to three points over Swindon Town who did not play, the sides now having played the same number of games.

Almost 3,000 North End made the trip across the Pennines for the Gentry Day celebrations, providing a noisy and colourful backing for Grayson’s men.