Grayson targets Deepdale double

North End boss 'Simon Grayson
North End boss 'Simon Grayson
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Simon Grayson is hoping for a repeat display as Preston’s potentially “season-defining” week continues against Birmingham City tonight.

The Lilywhites swept aside Brentford with a 4-2 win on Saturday and will be looking for back-to-back wins at Deepdale with 
Gianfranco Zola having just one victory to his name in 12 games as Blues boss.

“Three games in any week can define your 
season, especially when you’re getting down to single figures of games left,” Grayson told the Post.

“Saturday sets us up nicely getting three points and to win back-to-back games would be a massive boost for everybody. Then you go into the third game in a really strong, positive 
mindset.

“We’re looking forward to it but we know we’ve got a tough game.”

Grayson is hoping for more of what he saw against the Bees, with a first win in five Championship games leaving PNE 11th and seven points off the play-offs.

“We want to play with the energy we had without the ball and stop the opposition from playing,” said the North End boss. 
“When we do that we look a very strong team.

“And then when we get it we can go and express ourselves and hopefully be ruthless in both boxes.

“We’ve got to do the right things and be positive in our 
approach.”

Whether it can be same again when it comes to team selection is another matter.

Callum Robinson was replaced 20 minutes from time with a foot injury against Brentford while Paul Huntington suffered a dead leg.

Paul Gallagher continues to battle the thigh injury that saw him miss out against the Bees, with all three being given every chance to face Birmingham.

“You can keep the continuity going, the consistency going after Saturday’s performance and pick the same team,” said Grayson.

“But the other side of it is that one or two might be fatigued or carrying little knocks, so I might have to change it.

“We’ll see what we go with on Tuesday night and hopefully whoever’s picked is ready to come into the team and do a good job for us.”