PNE looking to attack

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Simon Grayson is looking for Preston North End to pose more of an attacking threat when they head to London tomorrow to tackle Brentford.

The PNE manager thinks his side’s decision-making in the final third has at times fallen short of what is needed.

It is an aspect of their game which they have been working on and Grayson hopes to see the results at Griffin Park.

Championship goals have been in short supply for North End this term, with them scoring four in seven games.

It is Grayson’s view that such a ratio can improve if more care is taken and a more ruthless attacking edge demonstrated.

“Against Bristol City the other night we had things bobbling around in the box, Joe Garner hit the bar and there were a couple of half chances,” said Grayson.

“We think there is more work to be done in that area, we have to make the right decision a lot more when we get into attacking positions.

“Yes, we want to get crosses in and have more shots, but analysing it, sometimes we have been crossing the ball when we have only had one player in the box.

“That being the case does not give you the best opportunity to score.

“If we don’t have enough people in the box, we need to work the ball and be more careful with it until the right support arrives.

“Last season, we would have Jermaine Beckford stretching the game by running over the top, with Joe picking things up from there.

“On Tuesday, we played Joe and Stevie May up front, neither of who have the same blistering pace as Jermaine.

“So we have to play slightly differently and also realise that when you step up a division, the defenders are going to be of a better standard.

“They sense danger a bit better and that is something we have to consider.

“We are trying to get the formula right to score more goals and get more victories.

“It is fine margins and we do not have a divine right to beat anybody, we have to work and do the right things.”

PNE are likely to be without Paul Gallagher again because of a calf strain.

Bailey Wright’s fitness will also need monitoring after he took a knock in the first half of the Bristol City game.

Tomorrow’s clash sees them face a Brentford side which is much changed from the one which reached last season’s play-off semi-finals.

Said Grayson: “They have changed their ideas around, with a new coach and players coming in.

“It is a transitional period for them, with the new coach trying to implement his ideas.

“They have got a front four who are lively, with a couple of hard core British players in the middle of the park.

“We go there looking to be positive and trying to win.

“Our possession needs to be better than it was the other night, we overturned possession a bit too much.”PNE