Simon Grayson saluted his Preston side for doing a ‘professional job’ in seeing off Havant and Waterlooville in last night’s FA Cup first round.
Callum Robinson’s first senior hat-trick clinched a 3-0 victory at West Leigh Park in the televised tie.
It set them up with a home meeting with either Walsall or Shrewsbury in the next round on December 6.
Havant finished the game with nine men after two of their players were red carded in the second half.
Former Lilywhites midfielder Brian Stock went first after an hour for two bookings.
Then left-back Warren Cummings followed for handling on the line – Robinson converting the resulting penalty to complete his hat-trick.
PNE boss Grayson said: “The players showed how professional they can be in their approach to the game.
“The early goals settled us – we saw over the weekend that when non-league teams take the lead it gives them something to hang on to.
“I’m just delighted to have got through, scored the goals and kept a clean sheet.
“We didn’t underestimate Havant one little bit, we prepared as if we were playing Manchester United or Arsenal.
“We flew down and gave due diligence on their team, we knew exactly how Havant were going to play and knew the dangers they could cause us.
“They had a go and Lee Bradbury can be proud of what his side has done.
“Hopefully they can have a good season and get up into the Conference.”
Grayson praised 19-year-old Robinson for netting his hat-trick and putting in a fine shift on the left-hand side of Preston’s attack.
“It was only the other week that Callum scored his first goal for us at Orient,” said Grayson. “He’ll remember last night for a long time and we’re thankful that Aston Villa have allowed him to come here.
“The FA Cup is a magical competition and he will get all the plaudits he deserves.
“His finishing was brilliant and his work rate very good.
“Callum is learning the game and growing in confidence
“You can come from Under-21s football and think it is quite an easy game.
“But first-team football makes you grow up quickly.
“Callum can use this as a learning curve in his development.
“There is no way we can keep him over the next few years but Villa will benefit from him being here for a few months – and hopefully until the end of the season.
“He is a great lad, works hard and has natural ability, the lad likes playing on that left hand side and coming inside on to his stronger foot.
“His overall game was very good, not just the goals.”
Grayson was pleased to be rewarded with a home tie, the second round draw having been made before kick-off last night.
He said: “We’ve had a tough few weeks travelling some long distances in midweek.
“I’m sure our supporters will be delighted to be at home.
“Last night we had fantastic support from the fans who made a lot of noise.
“Walsall or Shrewsbury – we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”