Business as usual for PNE boss

Paul Gallagher celebrates scoring PNE's second at Yeovil
Paul Gallagher celebrates scoring PNE's second at Yeovil
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson was delighted a frustrating week away from the pitch was rounded off by a battling display on it which secured victory over Yeovil.

Goals from Paul Huntington and Paul Gallagher gave PNE a 2-0 win against the Glovers at Huish Park, a result which kept them on the heels of top two Bristol City and Swindon.

Last week, Grayson lost the services of Joe Garner and Callum Robinson, while enduring a slightly frustrating time in the run-up to the close of the loan window.

Although he did secure the services of Middlesbrough striker Bradley Fewster – who was on the bench against Yeovil – other targets slipped through the net.

Grayson said: “We have won two tough league games and a cup tie in the space of a week, the players have done well and got themselves ready to go again after each match.

“There were quite a few people negative and down after we lost Joe Garner and Callum Robisnon but we have done the business on the pitch.

“Now what we want to do is build on this. We have an FA Cup tie coming up next which we want to win.

“We knew that Yeovil would be a tough game for us – their position in the league does not really reflect how they have played over the last few weeks.

“What was important was that we were mentally and physically right for it, Yeovil pop the ball around well and we had to stay as focused as we were at Bristol City the week before.

“We got off to a terrific start with Paul Huntington’s goal and went on to limit Yeovil to very few opportunities.

“It was good to see the second goal go in when it did because it killed the game off.

“There were aspects of our play which we know we need to do a bit better but I can’t knock the players for rounding off a tough week with a win.”

Huntington’s fifth-minute header from a Gallagher corner, came against his former club.

The scoreline remained that way until the 90th minute when Gallagher ran clear on to a Kevin Davies pass to chip the second goal.

For the last 26 minutes, PNE played against 10 men after Glovers centre-half Ryan Inniss was shown a straight red card for a sliding challenge on Kyel Reid.

Reflecting on the key points of the contest, Grayson said: “For the red card, their lad slid in and caught Reidy.

“I don’t know how much of the ball he got too but in this day and age you leave yourself vulnerable if you slide in for tackles.

“It’s hard for me to comment on whether it was a red card or not – the decision was made by the referee.

“The goals that we scored pleased me. When you looked at their team, you thought they would be a real threat because of the size and presence of some of their players.

“I thought we were a little bit weak in that department so for us to score from a set-piece was very pleasing.

“The second goal finished the game off nicely. It was a good ball from Kevin Davies and Gally finished it well.

“We have a clear midweek now to get some more work done in training.”