Preston: Simon Grayson defends FA Cup importance

Simon Grayson

Preston manager Simon Grayson has defended the importance of the FA Cup after his side earned a third-round replay following a 1-1 draw at Ipswich.

Premier League bosses Paul Lambert and Sam Allardyce both said the priority for their sides was the league.

"Every manager is entitled to his opinion but the FA Cup is a fantastic trophy with its history and tradition," Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"This trophy brings out the magic which we have seen in some of the results."

The Tractor Boys took the lead through David McGoldrick at Portman Road, but veteran striker Kevin Davies's strike forced a return game for North End.

Grayson was manager of Championship side Leeds United when they caused one of the competition's biggest shocks of the last decade by beating Premier League outfit Manchester United in the third round in 2010.

When asked if the FA Cup is special to him, Grayson replied: "It is. I know there are people who look at it think they have bigger things to worry about, such as the Champions League and staying in the Premier League.

"Ask any Wigan supporter what the FA Cup means to them and they will say it is fantastic having won it last year [by beating Manchester City]."

The Lilywhites have been in superb form this season, losing just one of their last 16 games in all competitions.

The former Blackpool and Huddersfield manager added: "We want a winning mentality at the club and want to keep the momentum going. A cup run can give you that."

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