Grayson delighted to be taking PNE to Wembley

Jermaine Beckford celebrates his second goal with PNE boss Simon Grayson
Jermaine Beckford celebrates his second goal with PNE boss Simon Grayson
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has spoken of his pride at leading the Lilywhites to the League One play-off final at Wembley.

They beat Chesterfield 3-0 at Deepdale on Sunday afternoon, giving them a 4-0 aggregate victory following Thursday’s 1-0 win at the Proact Stadium.

Two superbly-executed goals from Jermaine Beckford sandwiched a Joe Garner penalty to give North End the semi-final second-leg success.

Beckford’s second goal was scored from just inside the Chesterfield half, his 45-yard shot sailing over Spireites loan keeper Joe Murphy.

Grayson said: “This is a fantastic feeling. This time last week we were experiencing the other end of the spectrum.

“We used that disappointment as a motivation for the players.

“I’m delighted by what we have done, we had a really tough game against a good Chesterfield side.

“We scored two fantastic goals, defended when we needed to and when the players had to dig deep, we came out on top in those areas.

“I’m delighted for all the players because they have responded really well.

“The supporters will be delighted and now we have to go and win at Wembley.

“You look at turning points during games, Sam Johnstone made a fantastic save at 0-0 and then Jermaine Beckford scored.

“We built on that for the rest of the game.

“It is a great feeling to be going to Wembley but we have to make sure we go there and win it.”

Grayson hailed the quality of Beckford’s goals, the on-loan striker taking his tally in a Preston shirt to 15 goals.

He said: “We have got that quality in the final third.

“We have players who can create things and also players who can create things out of the ordinary.

“Garner and Beckford can do things which other players in this division and even above, can’t do.

“Jermaine’s first goal was a different type, then the penalty from Joe took that little bit of pressure off us.

“Then the third goal from Jermaine was indescribable really.

“It came a year to the day since Joe scored that great goal against Rotherham.

“This one from Jermaine was a real contender to beat it.”