By this season’s standards Preston North End have had a poor week.
Two away trips, to Fulham and Derby respectively, have resulted in just a single point from six available and things do not get easier for the Lilywhites this weekend.
North End host Reading at Deepdale in a 3pm kick-off, with the Royals, currently fifth, looking likely to finish in the Play Offs positions at the end of the season.
Simon Grayson is expecting a clash in styles in the game against the Royals because they favour a possession-based style of play.
“Everybody has different styles of play and Reading have got one where it’s possession-based and they’ll try and wait and probe and have a lot of passes, go back to the ’keeper and play it from the back,” Grayson said.
“I think we’re a little bit slightly different from that, but doesn’t mean to say we’re not as good as them.
“They have been a very good team and I go back to their game with Newcastle, when you’ve got 70% possession against Newcastle, then you must be doing something well.
“Ultimately, we’ll respect everything they do. We’ll go out on Saturday with a real good home record and really put our foot on the gas and try and get another three points because the home form has been very good of late.”
Last season Reading finished 17th in the Championship while PNE finished 11th.
Grayson put the turnaround in the club’s fortunes down to the arrival of Dutch manager Jaap Stam.
Known as a no-nonsense defender in his playing days, the three-time Premier League winner seems to have brought with him a winning mentality and instilled it within his players.
On the Reading boss, Grayson had this to say: “I think the good thing about what he’s done is that he went to Holland and went through the ranks and came up and did it probably the way that the foreign coaches do.
“They learn from the grassroots up and he got his opportunity in the summer with Reading.
“I’m sure he could still kick one or two players. He looks in good condition, so hopefully there’s nothing to discuss in the technical area.
I won’t be running across his technical area to celebrate a goal, I’ll go the other way!”