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30 December 2016

Preston manager Simon Grayson has spoken ahead of the Owls’ visit to Deepdale on New Year’s Eve and recognised Wednesday’s fine form going into this fixture.

Grayson said: "They are a big football club, they have got some good players. They had a really good season last year and they are trying to go one step further. 

"I think when you saw them a few weeks ago you saw their qualities but we also showed them what we are capable of doing. 

"They have had some great results since, a couple of home victories and ultimately going to Newcastle and winning which is a fantastic result for anybody. 

"They will come here to Deepdale in good spirits but they know they will be in for a tough test because there wasn't much in the game that we lost against them recently.”

The Owls won 2-1 against the Lilywhites earlier this month, but Grayson says there wasn’t much between the two sides.

He added: “We had a tough game against them at Hillsborough, but we showed we are capable of putting on a decent performance, but made a couple of bad errors. 

“In the first half, when there wasn’t much in it, we had some chances – Callum Robinson hit the post, Aiden McGeady went close and in the second half we were the dominant team until the red cards.

“Sheffield Wednesday will be wary of what we are capable of doing and whatever team and system we put out, we have to make sure we play our game. We work hard, stop the opposition from playing, be disciplined and a threat going forward. 

“If we can put all those ingredients into it, then we can hopefully replicate the same kind of performance and result we had against them at Deepdale early on this year, when we beat them 1-0.”

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