Keep the wins coming, says PNE boss

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Simon Grayson is hoping that ‘groundhog day’ keeps coming for Preston North End as they target a ninth win in a row from tomorrow’s visit to Rochdale.

The busy Saturday-Tuesday schedule of fixtures has seen PNE settle into a routine of recovery and travel between games with not a huge amount of time on the training pitch.

But if the results carry on coming than Lilywhites boss Grayson will be more than happy to be embrace the hectic period.

“The last couple of weeks have been pretty much like groundhog day and things will continue in that manner,” said Grayson.

“We play a match, have a recovery day, travel and do it all again.

“We’ve been winning which is very nice and I’ll happily see us play Saturday-Tuesday all the time if it keeps on the run we are currently on.

“The schedule does not give us much time on the training ground. It is all about getting the players recovered with the help of the medical staff.

“We do a lot of analysis work with them about how we want to play and what the other team might do.”

Seven of the eight successive wins have come in the league, lifting North End up to second place in the table and to within two points of Bristol City.

The latest victory came at Leyton Orient in midweek, Paul Gallagher a casualty that night which makes him a doubt for the visit to Spotland.

Gallagher tweaked a groin muscle during the first half and was substituted six minutes into the second period.

Said Grayson: “We will assess him and see where we go with that one later on.

“Gally felt his groin a bit and it was more of a precaution that we took him off.

“If there is any doubt we won’t play him because of all the games ahead of us. He’s been a key player for us and we got him off quickly to make sure it didn’t get any worse.

“We have options if Gally doesn’t make it, we could play Kevin Davies or bring back Kyel Reid. Alan Browne or Josh Brownhill could go in.”

On the injury front, Bailey Wright underwent surgery on a groin injury in London on Tuesday and will be sidelined for a few weeks.

Meanwhile, PNE have appointed John Kay as chief executive, a role not filled since the days of Steve Jackson.

Kay is group finance director for Hemway Ltd, the company owned by Trevor Hemmings.

He played a major role in Hemmings’ purchase of the club and is a director of Deepdale Holdings – the investment company used for the takeover in 2010.

Since Hemmings’ takeover, Kay has been involved heavily behind the scenes at PNE and the chief executive position makes his role more official.

l North End’s FA Cup first round tie at Havant and Waterlooville is to be shown live on BT Sport.

They will make the long trip to Hampshire to tackle the Conference South outfit on Monday, November 10, with kick-off at 8pm.

Both sides get £67,500 for the game being televised.

It means the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy visit to Oldham, scheduled for November 11, has been moved back a fortnight to November 25.