Simon Grayson expects things to be different on Saturday and hopes to have ‘Deepdale rocking’ when Newcastle visit.
The 5,600 travelling Newcastle fans will be hoping to do a bit of ‘rocking’ themselves, having warmed up with that six goal demolition on Tuesday night.
Simon Grayson concedes that ‘We didn’t do too well on Tuesday night’, which is surely a live contender for understatement of the year.
Preston lost 6-0, managed one shot to Newcastle’s 25, saw the home side hit the woodwork three times, whilst one of Grayson’s players was sent off for a cowardly assault on Jack Colback.
Preston’s previous defeat was a 5-0 loss at Brentford, Grayson’s players then going on a seven game unbeaten run, which included wins over Villa, Norwich, Bournemouth and Huddersfield.
The Preston boss is hoping that his side’s confidence won’t be affected by the 6-0 defeat and it is a bit of a strange one as the two managers made 16 team changes between then on Tuesday, leaving fans wondering just how many of the same players on both teams will be playing at Deepdale.
“When everybody looked at the fixtures in June when they came out, everybody would be thinking that Newcastle would be a tough fixture for us.
“It will be a fantastic game, there will be a big following from the opposition, a big home crowd, and the fact we are coming off the back of a defeat against them.
“We are obviously disappointed about that but we have to remember we have taken ten points from the last 12 available. We have beaten some good teams and drew at Brighton as well, so we are looking forward to it.
“We know we didn’t do too well on Tuesday night, we let ourselves down both individually and collectively as a group but it’s a fantastic opportunity to put things right very quickly.
“What we have done in the past when we have had a disappointing performance, we have bounced back very quickly, we are on a good run of form, we won’t let the confidence be hit by the result on Tuesday night.
“We have to learn from the mistakes that we made, but we have to be positive in our approach and try and replicate similar performances to those that we’ve spoken about, like Aston Villa and Huddersfield at home, and get on the front foot and try and get three points again.
“It’s going to be a tough test because of the players we are up against but we have thrived off those opportunities so far, let’s get Deepdale rocking and hopefully we can get another three points to keep us where we are and keep pushing up the league.”