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Simon Grayson savours 'fantastic feeling' as Preston North End reach Wembley

11 May 2015

Simon Grayson was pleased to reflect on different Sunday afternoon emotions as his Preston North End side booked their first trip to Wembley since 1994.

Seven days after their automatic promotion aspirations were wiped out with a defeat at struggling Colchester United, a Jermaine Beckford-inspired North End advanced past Chesterfield in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off semi-finals to keep their Sky Bet Championship dreams alive.

Leading 1-0 thanks to Beckford's goal in the first leg in Derbyshire on Thursday night, the Lilywhites swept aside Paul Cook's men 3-0 thanks to a Beckford brace - the second of which was a magnificent lob from the halfway line with three minutes to go - and Joe Garner's 27th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

North End now head to Wembley in two weeks' time hopeful of banishing their Play-Off curse which has seen them fail to advance via that route in their previous nine attempts.

"It is a fantastic feeling," said Grayson, who is chasing his fourth promotion out of the third tier having previously elevated Blackpool, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.

"This time last week we sadly experienced the other end of the spectrum and we used that as motivation - saying how disappointed we were last week and let's have a different feeling this time.

"I'm delighted with what we have done. We had a really tough game, got some fantastic goals and defended when we needed to.

"The players had to dig deep at times but I am delighted for all the players as they have responded really well since last week.

"But there is no point going to Wembley if we are not going to win it."

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