It’s business as usual says PNE boss

Alan Browne played his first game since January on Sunday
Alan Browne played his first game since January on Sunday
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Simon Grayson is keeping Preston North End’s preparations for Wembley along the same lines as they have been all season.

The Lilywhites boss wants a normal build-up to the League One play-off final rather than changing the routine.

Training is being done at either Springfields or Deepdale, Grayson seeing little value in taking the players away for a break.

“I have never taken teams away when I have got to Wembley in the past,” said Grayson.

“We will do our work here and prepare properly for the final, which we are all looking forward to.

“As a squad and staff we are embracing the play-offs.

“Our build-up will include the right balance of work and rest so that we are ready for what will be a tough game.

“People always comment about this club’s play-off record but I have always had the philosophy that records are there to be broken.

“Until last week, Preston had never won an away tie in the play-offs.

“We have crossed that one off the list and now the aim is for this club to get promoted via a play-off final.

“Hopefully that will happen a week on Sunday and that is something we are all working hard to achieve.

“We are confident in our own ability and we go into the final on the back of a great run.

“Until the last day of the season we were unbeaten in 18 games.

“We bounced back from the Colchester defeat with the two wins against Chesterfield, so we are on a run of just one loss in 21 games.”

Grayson’s main fitness concern at this stage is Paul Gallagher. He limped out of Sunday’s win over Chesterfield with a foot injury.

Gallagher’s replacement was Alan Browne, the young midfielder coming out of cold storage to make his first appearance since January.

The Irishman will hoping his arrival back in the squad is a timely one with Wembley on the horizon.

Browne said: “For the first 10 minutes when I came on, I didn’t get as involved as I wanted to.

“But once I settled into the game and I got on the ball plenty of times and got a lot more involved.

“It was good to get back out there because it had been a while since I had last played.”

Browne described Preston’s third goal from Jermaine Beckford as a ‘special moment’, the striker having scored from 45 yards.

However, when his team-mate shaped to shoot, Browne did wonder what he was doing.

“I had made a run and was in plenty of space,” he said.

“When Jermaine shot, I was thinking, ‘What are you doing shooting from there’? But it was an incredible finish.”

Meanwhile, the FA have hit PNE, Chesterfield and Glynn Snodin with misconduct charges relating to the first leg of the play-off semi-finals.

The two clubs have been charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

That stems from an incident in the first half when Paul Gallagher appeared to be grabbed by the throat, referee Mark Haywood taking some time to calm the situation.

Snodin has been charged with misconduct in relation to his alleged behaviour at the end of the first half.

Both clubs and Snodin have until tomorrow night to respond to the charges.

Fans who bought tickets for the semi-final second leg will get the chance to purchase Wembley seats a day early.

They can now buy from 9am on Friday instead of Saturday as originally announced.

All of PNE’s sales for Wembley are being handled via the See Tickets website.