We won’t underestimate Chesterfield, says Preston boss Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson
Simon Grayson

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson says his side won’t underestimate Chesterfield, as both sides look to book a place in a Wembley final.

Grayson’s Lilywhites hold a slender advantage after a 1-0 win at the Proact Stadium on Thursday night in the first of two play-off legs in League One.

The second one gets under way at 12.15 at Deepdale on Sunday and the Spireites have been rocked by an injury to ever-present goalkeeper Tommy Lee.

But Chesterfield, who came from three down to draw 3-3 at Deepdale in September, showed they were far from out of the tie - bossing possession and racking up 20 shot on goal.

“We are well and truly in this game but we won’t underestimate Chesterfield because they’ve shown what they are capable of doing,” said Grayson. “What we’ve done is give ourselves an opportunity and we will take confidence into the game on Sunday.

“We’re delighted that we’ve got a slender lead to bring back to Deepdale. We’ll have a big crowd around us and they’ll be expecting us to go for the next goal.

“The next goal is important, I saw Paul Cook (Chesterfield manager) interviewed after the game and he said the next goal in this game is very decisive because it obviously gives us a good cushion or it gets them back into the game.”

The winner will face either Swindon Town or Sheffield United at Wembley on May 24 for a place in the Championship.