GRAYSON EYES LEAD­ING PACK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joseph Red­mond To com­ment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

PRESTON boss Si­mon Grayson has an eye on the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion pack af­ter Joe Garner’s dou­ble saw off strug­gling Tran­mere.

The for­mer Wat­ford striker’s header opened the scor­ing on 18 min­utes be­fore Ash Tay­lor equalised for Rovers just be­fore half-time.

But Garner, North End’s lead­ing scorer this sea­son, took his tally to 16 in all com­pe­ti­tions with a 52nd­minute effort to move them within six points of sec­ond-placed Wolves – with third-placed Ley­ton Ori­ent next up for Grayson’s troops.

“We’ve just got to try and win as many games as pos­si­ble, and if those above us slip up then we want to be there to try and take ad­van­tage of that, we’ll just keep ap­proach­ing each game in a pos­i­tive man­ner,” said Grayson.

“The sec­ond goal was vi­tal, you’ve got to ex­pect the home team to have some sort of spell and un­til 35 min­utes I thought we were out­stand­ing, we cre­ated nu­mer­ous chances and you al­ways know that you need to fin­ish those chances.

“We’ve got a big game next week against Ley­ton Ori­ent and hope­fully we can go and win that one.

“The sec­ond goal was vi­tal, you’ve got to ex­pect the home team to have some sort of spell and un­til 35 min­utes I thought we were out­stand­ing.

“We cre­ated nu­mer­ous chances and you al­ways know that you need to fin­ish those chances.

“I thought we re­sponded well af­ter the Tran­mere equaliser and then saw the game out in a pro­fes­sional man­ner.

“There was great sup­port from the trav­el­ling fans again, the fans have trav­elled in their num­bers all sea­son and they’ve been fan­tas­tic and some­times it can feel like a home game for the team be­cause of the num­bers they travel in.”

Preston drew first blood when Garner headed a Craig Davies cross back across goal but strug­gling Tran­mere lev­elled in the last minute of the first half when Tay­lor smashed in.

But seven min­utes af­ter half-time it was Preston who were cel­e­brat­ing when Garner slot­ted past Owain fon Wil­liams.

Rovers boss Ron­nie Moore said:“If you look at the pos­ses­sion both sides have had and the goals that they’ve scored, it was self­de­struct for the goals from our point of view.

“It was one long cross into the box, the de­fend­ers are wait­ing for the keeper to come – just head it clear and then moan about it.

“The sec­ond goal the lad had all day to stick it in where he wanted, but we huffed and puffed and I can’t fault the effort and com­mit­ment.

“We started off 4-4-2, that wasn’t work­ing so we had to change it af­ter 20 min­utes, we brought (Ja­son) Koumas on, then we man­aged to get on the ball and play, be­cause if we hadn’t have done that then they would have had the ball all day.

“Some­times you have to make those big de­ci­sions early on and if we hadn’t we would have

been in big trou­ble.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ASH SPLASH: Tran­mere Rovers’ Ash Tay­lor scores his side’s first goal STAR MAN JOE GARNE

R Preston RIDING HIGH: Preston North End's Joe Garner scores the open­ing goal

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