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Hard work pays off for Simon Grayson and Preston North End

7 December 2015

Simon Grayson was delighted that the work put in on the training ground paid off for Preston North End, as they defeated local rivals Burnley at the weekend.

Burnley had gone nine games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship prior to Saturday's meeting at Turf Moor, but a classic counter-attacking display from the Lilywhites saw that run come to an end.

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Daniel Johnson scored late on to put the game to bed after Will Keane had opened the scoring 18 minutes into the second half - a player brought into the team to fit Grayson's game plan.

“Will had a good opportunity today to come into the team and has taken that opportunity, and I am really pleased for him, because he has worked very hard for it,” Grayson told PNE PlayerHD.

“We worked on counter-attacking this week, which is why we chose to make the change and bring Will in. We felt that was a way we could hurt them today and I am delighted with the result.

There were 2,399 PNE fans backing their team at Turf Moor, and Grayson was glad to reward the fans for their support, especially after suffering defeat to fellow East Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers last month.

“It was a hard-fought game, as it normally is in a derby match. We knew we had to be competitive; match them, because they are a good team," continued Grayson.

“We suffered the disappointment a couple of weeks ago against Blackburn and we wanted to make sure we didn’t experience that again today.

“I am delighted for the players and for the supporters as well, who I am sure will be chuffed to bits with that result today.”

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