PNE boss sure home win is coming

Simon Grayson
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Simon Grayson believes that a first league victory at home this season is within reach of Preston North End.

The Deepdale faithful have watched four draws and two defeats in the Championship this season.

PNE’s one victory on home soil came in the Capital One Cup against Watford.

This evening they tackle Bolton Wanderers (6pm), with Grayson hoping that elusive first win can come against Neil Lennon’s men.

North End boss Grayson said: “We target a win in every game we play and Bolton’s visit is no different.

“We targeted a win the last time we played here against Cardiff, we did so against Wolves when only a 91st minute equaliser denied us.

“When we played Ipswich, Middlesbrough and Derby, there were chances in all of those games.

“I don’t think we have played poorly at home, we have not got any fear of playing here, it is just a case of getting the breaks.

“We will look on today’s game as a great opportunity to get our first win at Deepdale in the league.

“If we do that, we will then try to follow it up against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.”

The win away to Charlton and last Saturday’s draw with leaders Brighton suggest that North End are starting to find their feet.

Grayson hopes that those results, together with the draw against Cardiff, are the start of a decent patch of form.

He said: “Hopefully it is a turning point, even if we had been playing well enough up until then without getting what we deserved.

“If you keep doing the right things, things can turn in your favour quickly.

“What these last three results have given us are some extra belief and confidence.

“When things weren’t going for us, I kept reiterating to the players that they just needed to believe in themselves that bit more and play with more confidence.”

Which pair of strikers Grayson goes in search of a win with later today, will be interesting.

He could decide that the time is right for a return for Joe Garner, the top scorer for the last two seasons having been a substitute at Brighton.

Whoever Grayson goes with, they will be looking to becoming the first North End front men to score in the league this term.

Grayson accepts that to be reaching the end of October without a striker having netted in the league, is disappointing and frustrating.

But he is backing the strikers to end their collective dry run in front of goal.

Said Grayson: “It is goals which they are judged on, so they are all frustrated,

“Others have contributed goals from different areas of the pitch and it is about what the team does.

“I do feel that once one of them scores, it could kick-start them all.”