PNE boss hopes for big draw in cup

Preston North End's Paul Huntington, centre, celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team-mates Kyel Reid, left, and Jermaine Beckford
Preston North End's Paul Huntington, centre, celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team-mates Kyel Reid, left, and Jermaine Beckford
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Simon Grayson is hoping that the FA Cup third round draw tonight can give Preston North End a big financial boost.

A narrow 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury at Deepdale on Saturday put the Lilywhites in the hat for the draw which is live on BBC2 at 7pm.

The Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition at this stage, giving rise to the possibility of landing a plum draw.

North End boss Grayson said: “The objective was to get through to the third round and we have done that.

“There is the anticipation of all the big-hitters being in the draw and I would take one of them big time, home or away.

“I think everyone would love to get one of the really big teams to make it a great day for the club.

“That would get some money into the coffers so I could go and spend it in January!

“We will wait and see what the draw brings but it is great to be in the third-round draw.

“The worst thing that could have happened is that we had to lost to Shrewsbury and they went on to get a really good draw in the next round.”

North End were nowhere near their best when edging past the Shrews thanks to a 19th minute goal from Paul Huntington.

Grayson admitted his side had given away possession far too often in the second half, allowing the visitors to boss the tempo of the play.

That said, PNE did carve out some decent chances on the counter attack and Paul Gallagher wasted a golden chance to double the lead when he blazed a 77th minute penalty over the bar.

“I’m surprised it stayed in the ground,” said Grayson as he reflected on the penalty which ended-up several rows up the Bill Shankly Kop.

“That is probably the first penalty that Gally has missed in his career.

“I know he has a set way of taking them – he comes back and then smashes it.

“He had taken a few last week in training which ended-up in the back of the net.

“This one went high, wide and handsome as they say but thankfully it didn’t cost us.

“In the second half we did not pass the ball well enough.

“We kept giving it away too cheaply and that allowed Shrewsbury to come back at us.

“They did to us what we have done to a lot of teams this year and full credit to them.

“Shrewsbury surprised us a bit with the diamond shape because they had played 3-5-2 for most of the season.

“We didn’t come to terms with that but we still managed to scrape the victory which is all that matters.

“Shrewsbury had a lot of possession, had the rotation of the midfield four.

“We got outnumbered at times and we changed things to go to a 4-4-2 to try and get another body up front with Jermaine Beckford, try and stretch them.

“That didn’t seem to work so we went with the option of matching them up.

“For all of Shrewsbury’s possession, they didn’t have too many clear attempts on Thorsten Stuckmann’s goal

“Towards the end we had some chances on the counter attack to finish them off but didn’t take them.”