Simon Grayson comments on the excellent reception he received from the travelling Leeds United fans

Preston North End

The Preston boss used to be the manager at Elland Road.

Leeds United took on Preston North End in the Championship yesterday, in what was their final game of the season.

The result of 1-1 proved, in the end, to be a fair one.

Chris Wood’s penalty was cancelled out by a late goal from Jordan Hugill as Leeds once again threw away a winning position.

One of the highlights from the game, from a Leeds perspective, would have been the travelling support.

The Leeds fans were excellent throughout the game and not only toward their own players and manager, but also to Preston boss Simon Grayson.

He managed Leeds for four seasons and started his playing career at the club so is a popular figure at Leeds.

He was applauded by the away fans throughout and even asked to give them a wave, to which he reluctantly obliged.

Speaking after the game Grayson had nothing but kind words to say about the Leeds faithful, telling BBC Lancashire Sport:

“I had a fantastic relationship with them when I was there and we had good times so it was really, really nice to have that reception.

“Not always easy when they are asking to do things when you are obviously the manager of the opposition. Yeah it was fantastic I really enjoyed it.”

Meanwhile the Leeds boss Steve Evans was also given a warm send off by the away fans. It looks increasingly likely that he will be leaving the club in the coming weeks when his contract expires as Leeds owner Massimo Cellino considers other options.

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