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Preston manager Simon Grayson has spoken of his delight after Preston bounced back from a weekend hammering to beat Bournemouth in the EFL Cup.
The Lilywhites were thrashed 5-0 at Brentford on Saturday, with Bees in-form striker Scott Hogan scoring a splendid hat-trick, but last night they impressively beat the Premier League Cherries 3-2.
It was a performance in stark contrast to how they had played in West London, and Grayson was pleased with the turnaround in fortunes.
He said: “It showed there was a reaction from the squad after a crazy 15 minutes on Saturday.
“I thought we played well, we deserved the victory over the course of the game. We created some good chances but had to withstand some pressure and then with five minutes to go, we’ve showed the spirit and character to get back into it again.
“A lot of those players have been chomping at the bit to come into the team and show what they are capable of, full credit to them.”
One of those players is Danish striker Simon Makienok, who arrived at Deepdale in June on a season-long loan from Serie A side Palermo.
The giant striker, who stands at 6ft7ins, scored five goals on loan at Charlton last term, but hadn’t scored for his new club before last night’s hat-trick.
Makienok said: “It’s my first ever hat-trick and scoring a left foot, right foot and a header, it couldn’t be any better.
“We were playing a strong side even though they changed a lot of players. You get a lot of confidence from this and now I want to push on and take my chances when they come.”