Grayson looking to make life "uncomfortable" for United
Written by Dan King
Newcastle United FC
Simon Grayson has called on his Preston North End players to ensure their encouraging season doesn’t peter out.
And he wants the Lilywhites to make life "uncomfortable" for Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Monday night.
While the Magpies have automatic promotion in their sights, Preston's play-off hopes have been ended by three straight defeats.
However, it's still been an impressive campaign from the Lancashire club - and Grayson is determined to end it on a high.
"We always knew that this was going to be a tough month," he told PNE PlayerHD.
"We don't want to undermine the good work we have done all season by finishing in a poor manner.
"Regardless of what Newcastle can do and what they can achieve, we are going there to perform better than we have done recently.
"I think Rafa Benítez has got players in to cope with the Championship and know how to get out of it.
"People will say they have spent a lot of money but they have replaced people they have lost for large sums and balanced the books. It has gone a long way to getting them back in the Premiership, but we want to do something about that.
"Hopefully my players will go out and make it as uncomfortable a night as possible for the Newcastle players."
Back in October, United were 2-1 winners at Deepdale - where Preston have beaten Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading this season.
And Grayson said: "I think second half we absolutely dominated the game without getting anything out of it.
"It is going to be a different type of game at St. James' Park with their 50,000 fans cheering them on. They need the points to get over the line and get back into the Premiership but we will take heart from what we have done and the good results we have had throughout the season.
"The players have to show determination to be better and harder to beat than they have in the last three games."
"Regardless of what Newcastle can do and what they can achieve, we are going there to perform better than we have done recently."