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PNE professionalism pleases Grayson

26 December 2013

Preston manager Simon Grayson hailed his side's professionalism after they got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Carlisle.

North End's 11-game unbeaten run ended in their previous encounter with Brentford and Grayson was looking for a strong performance at Brunton Park to get his side's promotion challenge back on track.

He said: "After any defeat you look for a reaction and we certainly got that. Carlisle have been strong at home and it had the atmosphere of a local derby.

"We were very organised and professional and it was a fantastic goal that won it."

Teenager Josh Brownhill's strike late in the first half proved the deciding moment in the match, and Grayson said: "It was a finish worthy of winning any game.

"We had to make sure we didn't allow Carlisle any momentum. There was a determination about the team. They put their bodies on the line and we were very professional in seeing the game out.

``It was a team effort. If you limit the home team to one opportunity in 90 minutes you have done a good job and we have shown what we are about."

Chris Humprey had gone close to scoring for North End just before John Welsh's pass found Brownhill in space on the edge of the area and he produced a superb finish with an accurate shot into the top right-hand corner of the net in the 42nd minute.

After a scrappy first half, the second period was a more exciting affair with Preston looking dangerous on the break and Declan Rudd coming to North End's rescue with a save when Tom Lawrence's thumping drive looked to be on target for an equaliser.

Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh refused to be downbeat despite his side's narrow defeat.

He said: "It was a performance full of honesty, but you don't always win games you deserve to win. It was one bit of individual brilliance for the goal.

"I'm pleased, although not with the result as I don't like losing any game. We had two efforts cleared off the line and played our football in the second half. We could have been more clinical and intelligent. There was lots of movement, but we were not able to cut them open.

"David Amoo was our stand out player. I still don't know how many gears he's got. But credit to Preston and I am feeling positive going into the next game. We will have to dust ourselves down and go again."

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