Victory delights PNE boss

Paul Gallagher celebrates his goal with Greg Cunningham and Will Keane
Paul Gallagher celebrates his goal with Greg Cunningham and Will Keane
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Simon Grayson praised was full of praise for Preston North End’s performance in their victory over MK Dons.

A first-half goal from Paul Gallagher gave them a 1-0 win at stadium:mk, with them having to dig deep in the closing minutes to hold on to the lead after substitute Jordan Hugill was sent-off.

The defeat for MK Dons was their first for 13 games - since North End beat them at the same venue in March.

PNE boss Grayson said: “We have made a very pleasing start in the Championship.

“The players worked extremely hard, they were disciplined and organised.

“We know that if we keep our shape and organisation then we will create chances because of the quality we have got in the side.

“MK Dons were always going to play in the manner they have done for the last few years and we had a game plan to deal with that.

“We played well on the counter attack and created some good chances in the first half.

“Had we been a bit better in the final third and had a bit more care, we could have scored more.

“As it was, Gally scored a great goal.”

Grayson had no complaints with Hugill’s red card for aiming a stamp at Kyle McFadzean.

The young striker had only been on the pitch four minutes when he got his marching orders and now faces a three-match suspension.

“The only unfortunate part of the afternoon was what happened with Jordan,” said Grayson.

“Him getting sent-off put the rest of the team under some unnecessary pressure at the end.

“It was a nothing challenge between them and for some reason, Jordan decided to stamp on the lad.

“You can’t do that an any stage of the game and you don’t do it right in front of the fourth official.

“The referee had no choice but to send him off.

“Jordan is fortunate that I’m much calmer because we won the game.

“He will suffer the consequence of a three-game ban and a two-week fine from us.”