PNE boss toasts hero Vermijl

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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson revealed Josh Brownhill is claiming the ‘perfect assist’ after he set-up Marnick Vermijl’s winning goal against Watford last night.

PNE booked a Capital One Cup third round encounter against more Premier League opposition in the shape of Bournemouth thanks to a 1-0 win over the Hornets at Deepdale.

Marnick Vermijl scores his team's first goal, his first for the club

Marnick Vermijl scores his team's first goal, his first for the club

Vermijl smashed the ball past visiting goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis in the eighth minute after latching on to what appeared to be a miscued shot by Brownhill.

Grayson was thrilled to see the Belgian, who normally plays at full-back, notch his first goal for the club after opting to use him on the right side of a front three, which included Kyel Reid on the left and Joe Garner in the centre.

“I think Josh Brownhill is claiming that it was the perfect pass, but we are all saying that it was a miscued shot obviously,” Grayson said.

“But Marnick reacted quickly. We played him up the right-hand side of a three – given the changes that we made – and he is capable of playing in that position for us.

“It was nice for him to get on the scoresheet and also for us to get that early goal to really settle us down.”

Grayson felt his team were full value for the win against a Hornets side, who made 11 changes from the team which drew 0-0 with Southampton at the weekend.

“They made a lot of changes and we made four or five I think it was, but no matter who they had out tonight they are a Premier League team.

“They have got players who have played at the highest level. We knew that we had to be organised, disciplined and limit their opportunity and space in certain areas.

“We always knew that we would get chances. Obviously, we got the bonus of the early goal which really gave us a lift.

“From then on we matched them and competed and limited them to very few opportunities.

“We passed the ball around well and overall I thought we were worthy winners.

“I am very pleased and the players should be very proud of what they have done.

“Players like Fernando Forestieri and Matej Vydra are players who have played at the highest level.

“The cup is probably not their priority, but we want to go as far as we can in the cup”

Having made a number of changes to his line-up, Grayson admitted a number of his players had grasped their opportunity and will give him food for thought when he names his starting XI for Saturday’s trip to Hull City.

He said: “We have always said that when we’ve made changes, we don’t think we are weakening the team.

“When you look at the way Josh Brownhill and Alan Browne come into the team, they give us a lot of energy.

“We have always said players will get their opportunities.”

North End’s tie against Bournemouth will take place the week commencing September 21.