PNE boss has no concern over top-10 snub

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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson is surprised – but not concerned – that none of his squad made League One’s top 10 players list.

The Football League put together a chart for its three divisions, based on votes from managers.

Bosses were asked to list their top five players of the season in order, with the scores added together to form a top 10.

Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw was voted as the best player in League One, with the top 10 also featuring players from Swindon, Wolves, Peterborough, Rotherham, Coventry and Leyton Orient.

Puzzlingly, the Lilywhites’ leading scorer Joe Garner was overlooked, so too Bailey Wright who has been in strong form in defence.

Grayson told the Evening Post: “I’m sure that when the PFA teams are named in April, it will be the top two or three teams who will have most of the players in there – Wolves, Brentford and Leyton Orient possibly.

“But I’m also sure that after teams have played against us, managers will be aware of how well our players have played.

“And they would love to have some of our players in their teams.

“It is not something which really concerns me, the focus here is on ourselves.

“The biggest accolade you can get is by putting together a great team performance.

“It is nice when individuals are doing well, but that has to be within the collective team group.”

PNE front man Garner might not have made the League One top 10, but he’s one of the division’s most in-form players.

His double in the 3-1 win over Peterborough on Tuesday night took him on to 22 goals for the season – 17 in the league and five in the FA Cup.

And 21 of those have come in his last 27 appearances.

Said Grayson: “That’s some record isn’t it? Joe gets into good positions and has great movement.

“He scores a variety of goals and is playing with a huge amount of confidence.

“Earlier in the season Joe was a little too anxious and was snatching at chances, but he is certainly in the swing of things at the moment.

“There are a number of games to go yet and we are challenging him to try and get to the 30-goal mark.

“If Joe does that, then he will have had a marvellous season and would be a great reward for his efforts.

“Every centre-half who has played against Joe knows that they have been in a game, whether it has been a physical tussle or he has run in behind them to chase stuff over the top.”

Meanwhile, voting has started for PNE’s Player of the Year awards.

Supporters can vote in four categories – player of the year, young player of the year, community player of the year and goal of the season – email enquiries@pne.com or by post to Deepdale.

The Player of the Year awards take place on Sunday, May 4 at Deepdale, starting at 6.45pm.

Tickets for the night cost £75 per person or £630 for a table of nine – a player will be on every table.