Simon Grayson reveals what he has told his players ahead Preston’s visit to Newcastle

Preston manager Simon Grayson
Preston manager Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson has revealed what he has told his Preston North End players ahead of their visit to St James’s Park.

A win for Newcastle United tonight would see Rafa Benitez’s side clinch a place promotion to the Premier League.

The club has already beaten Preston twice this season.

Newcastle beat Grayson’s 10-man team 6-0 at St James’s Park in the EFL Cup on October 25 and won 2-1 in the Championship at Deepdale four days later.

Grayson, however, believes his 11th-placed side can prolong United’s wait for promotion.

Grayson told the Lancashire Evening Post: “We had a meeting with the players on Thursday morning.

“We told them that if we don’t do the basics right – with and without the ball – then St James’s Park can be a difficult place to play.

“If we do the right things, we can be a major threat to anybody in this division as we have proved with some good results this season.

“Newcastle didn’t see the best of us by a long stretch at their place.

“They saw the best of us when we played them at home, because we gave them a very good game.

“I thought Newcastle were fortunate to get something out of the game, never mind three points.

“Up there in the cup, the game hinged on Alan Browne getting sent off.

“It is tough enough to play Newcastle with 11 men, so it was difficult playing with 10 men for so long.

“We also rested a lot of the first-team players, so I’m not going to read too much into that performance or result. Saying that, we do have to be better than we have been for the last three games.”