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‘Desire’ key to Preston North End’s back-to-back wins - Simon Grayson

4 January 2016

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson says desire was key to his side picking up their second consecutive Sky Bet Championship victory at the weekend.

The Lilywhites beat Rotherham United 2-1 on Saturday, courtesy of a late Jonson Clarke-Harris own goal, just five days after edging third-placed Hull City 1-0 at Deepdale.

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Their latest triumph moved them 10 points clear of Rotherham in the relegation zone, and Grayson believes the players’ hunger was crucial to the results.

“The first half wasn’t good enough to win us the game, given how lackluster we were with the ball and without the ball we didn’t have enough tempo,” he told PNE PlayerHD.

“Rotherham got themselves in front and we made it difficult for ourselves. But we got a reaction from the players, changed the system and caused them a few problems.

“The players kept going and I said to Thomo [Steve Thompson] in about the 85th minute that we were due a late goal and there was a desire from everybody to get one – yes, it was an own goal, but you will take that and ultimately it gave us the three points.

“We kept going and whilst Rotherham will be disappointed to have conceded so late, we were delighted to secure back-to-back wins.”

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