Grayson delighted with win over Reading

Paul Gallagher battles with Reading's Matej Vydra
Paul Gallagher battles with Reading's Matej Vydra
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson was a happy man after watching his side defeat Reading 1-0 at Deepdale.

The home side recorded their second successive victory in the Championship thanks to a penalty from Joe Garner seven minutes after half-time.

The North End talisman picked himself up after being upended by Paul McShane and slammed the ball home from the spot.

Grayson felt the three points were richly deserved after a dominant performance from his team.

The only disappointing aspect of the afternoon was that they did not score more goals.

The impressive Adam Reach struck the post in the first half and could have had a hat-trick over the 90 minutes, while Garner headed agonisingly wide from a Paul Gallagher free-kick in the second half.

Grayson said: "We looked a threat all match. We had a purpose about us, we were positive.

"I thought our combination play was good and their keeper made some good saves.

"There were a few scrambles, the woodwork saved them, so I was really pleased with that aspect of our game because over the last few weeks, we have defended really well, but struggled for goals.

"But the last couple of games, we have shown our attacking play is going in the right direction."

The win moves North End up to 16th in the table on to 24 points

"We were obviously playing a very talented team in Reading, but I said to the players that they had to back up last weekend's win and performance over Burnley with another one," Grayson said.

"We are pleased with how things are going, but we can't get too carried away because we have another tough game coming up against Birmingham City on Tuesday."