Grayson happy to take a point from top-of-table clash

Jermaine Beckford celebrates with his team-mates after putting PNE ahead against Bristol City
Jermaine Beckford celebrates with his team-mates after putting PNE ahead against Bristol City
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson was satisfied with his side’s draw against Bristol City which edged them a step further on towards automatic promotion.

Jermaine Beckford put PNE in front after 59 minutes, Aaron Wilbraham equalising for the table-topping Robins four minutes later.

Grayson said: “The build-up to the game had been there, everyone knew the importance of it.

“You saw two teams desperate to win the game and over the course of it a draw was probably a fair result.

“There were chances in both boxes, they probably had the better chances with the reaction saves which Sam Johnstone had to make.

“But we created some good chances too.

“Overall we are satisfied with the draw given that we took six points over Easter.

“We would have loved to have taken six points off Bristol City, be possibly the only side to do the double over them.

“But they are a strong team, that is why they are up there.

“They are strong, powerful, they mix it and play through the lines.

“We knew what to expect – a tough game – and that is what it was.

“The first half was a bit cagey with the sides cancelling each other out because the formation we both played.

“When we scored we wanted to hold on to it for longer, as it was our lead probably only lasted four or five minutes.

“That was disappointing and it was probably a bit of a soft free-kick in the first half which led to it.

“But overall we stood up and were counted, the players made blocks when they had to playing against a strong, powerful and energetic team.”