PNE boss happy to be off the mark

Andy Little in action at Spotland
Andy Little in action at Spotland
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There was a big sense of relief in the Preston North End camp on Tuesday night after they registered their first win of the season.

Although their 2-0 victory over Rochdale at Spotland in the Capital One Cup was only their second game of the new campaign, North End boss Simon Grayson believes it is always important to get the first win on the board as soon as possible.

It was summer recruit Andy Little who set the Lilywhites on the right road at Spotland with his first competitive goal for the club shortly before half-time.

Midfielder Neil Kilkenny made the game safe for the visitors with a fine volley immediately after the break.

PNE will be hoping to record their first league victory tomorrow at Scunthorpe, following on from the 1-1 draw on the opening day of the season against Notts County at Deepdale.

“It’s always a big relief to get the first win under your belts,” said Grayson. “I think managers, players and fans of any club will say the same.

“It kind of settles everybody down because the anxiety can grow the longer you go without a win. We’ve done that – now we want to win our first league game at the weekend against Scunthorpe if we can.”

Grayson was impressed with the way his side performed in the first half on Saturday, while the second period against Rochdale was better than the opening 45 minutes.

Grayson is hoping his men can start to perform to their potential for the full 90 minutes at Glanford Park tomorrow.

“I don’t think any team at this stage of the season will be performing like they can do for the full game,” he said.

“Players are still getting their fitness and sharpness, but I am sure a 90-minute performance from us is not too far away.”