PNE taking 2K to MK

Jermaine Beckford and Daniel Johnson celebrate during the 2-2 draw with Doncaster

Jermaine Beckford and Daniel Johnson celebrate during the 2-2 draw with Doncaster

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  • Saturday’s game is massive for both clubs
  • Huge following expected to back Lilywhites
  • Boss delighted with new boy Johnson
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Simon Grayson is looking forward to sending his Preston North End side out to play in front of another big travelling support in Saturday’s promotion battl

The visit to the stadium:mk has long been looked upon as a stand-out game with both sides in the automatic promotion mix.

It was a double bonus to get a point and see one or two other results go in our favour

Excitement levels went up a couple more notches when PNE leapfrogged Karl Robinson’s side into second place on Tuesday night.

Almost at the same time that Jermaine Beckford scored North End’s equaliser against Doncaster, MK Dons conceded against Chesterfield to slip to a 2-1 home defeat.

Lilywhites manager Grayson told the Evening Post: “It is a massive game for both clubs at the weekend and it was always going to be.

“For many weeks people have been looking at this game but you don’t get any extra points.

“We will go down there with confidence, be respectful of what MK Dons are all about and what good players they have.

“Our aim is to try and get the three points, as it is every game.

“From the outside, people will be drumming up the significance of it.

“We will have another good following with us – the away support has been that way all season. At Oldham we had more than 2,000 and people are talking about a similar number going to MK Dons.

“Hopefully they will be leaving the ground at around 5pm on Saturday with something to cheer about.”

After putting together five league wins on the bounce to haul them closer to the top two, it was the 2-2 draw with Doncaster which moved them into the automatic promotion slots.

Leading through a fourth goal in four games from Daniel Johnson, PNE found themselves on the back foot for long spells.

Donny scored in the 81st and 84th minute to reward their control, Beckford scoring four minutes into stoppage time to deliver a valuable point. Said Grayson: “You can’t affect what goes on elsewhere but it was a double bonus to get a point and see one or two other results go in our favour. There are still a lot of games to go, for us to try and secure second place.”

Grayson was again pleased to see Johnson on the scoresheet, the £50,000 paid to Aston Villa looking more of a bargain with every game.

“We expected Daniel to bring something to the team, we expected goals from him but probably didn’t expect four in four,” said Grayson.

“You can see his quality –he passes the ball well, gets shots off quickly and has good combination play. He is playing with a lot of confidence.”