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SIMON ELATED WITH SEASIDE SHOWING

24 September 2012

Grayson calls 3-1 victory “best result of the season so far”

Simon Grayson was thrilled with his side’s showing at Blackpool this evening after they recorded back to back 3-1 victories on the road to move second in the Championship.

Goals from Lee Novak, James Vaughan and Oliver Norwood helped Town to a thoroughly deserved three points – the best of the season so far according to Simon.

“I said prior to the game that tonight’s match was going to test us, but we handle them well and didn’t let them settle,” Grayson told htafc.com. “We have worked hard over the past two days on the training field and came here with a plan. Every player stuck to their task today, which is very satisfying.”

Town leapfrog Blackpool into second spot, but Simon wasn't getting too excited…just yet.

“We have made a good start to the season and it is nice for the supporters that we are currently second. We won’t be getting carried away though because it is a tough division and there are 39 games to go. To come here and get the result that we did is brilliant.

“We don’t fear anyone in the division, but we do respect them. We have got individuals who are thriving being in the Championship and are enjoying every minute of it. The supporters are showing their appreciation of what we are trying to do – and everyone just needs to enjoy it. There are going to be some dark days, but you can’t beat night’s like tonight.”

He continued: “Everybody will look on tonight and think that all we have to do is turn up against Watford and we will win the game, but football doesn’t work like that. We will prepare thoroughly for the game and show the same endeavour, desire and hunger because we will get results if we do that.”

James Vaughan took home the Man of the Match accolade and Simon was delighted with his work rate with and without the ball.

“The players are working extremely hard for their shirt at the moment. Players like Danny Ward and James Vaughan can hurt teams with the ball but the work they are doing off it at the moment is first class. The reason why we won the game tonight is because of our work off the ball. 

“We have got fantastic options in the squad. Tonight I had the likes of Sean Scannell and Scott Arfield to introduce and we were also without Adam Hammill, who is a superb player. I am still looking to strengthen the squad because it keeps everyone on their toes, but if I were to bring someone in now they wouldn’t get in the team. We have the option to do it because Dean (Hoyle) has told me that I can do, and when I feel it is fit and right, I will do.”

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