Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has promised a more attacking approach against Huddersfield Town - even if he insists he feels no bitterness towards the club that sacked him in January 2013.

Grayson oversaw Town's promotion from League One but was sacked midway through the following season after a run of 12 consecutive games without victory.

After guiding Preston into the Championship via the play-offs at the second attempt, the former Leeds boss welcomes Town to Deepdale - and may be eyeing revenge after the 3-1 loss in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day .

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town v Preston North End - Tommy Smith and Jonathan Hogg congratulate Nahki Wells on opening the scoring.

However, he says it is just another game, and he will be placing just as much store on three points this week as any other fixture on the calendar.

“I’m not bitter towards them.

“I was disappointed at the time but I’ve since enjoyed my three years here," Grayson said in his pre-match media briefing.

“There’s no extra motivation to beat them, I want to win it as much I did at Derby in midweek or want to at Wolves next week.”

PNE received vocal criticism from Derby County chief Paul Clement in midweek after what he deemed an ultra-defensive approach led to a stalemate at the iPro Stadium.

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Grayson admitted he had put the shackles on his team that night but believed a vital point away at the promotion-chasing Rams justified his caution.

However, Town shouldn't expect the same treatment on Saturday.

The Preston boss revealed: “We set up the team in the way we did the other night because we felt it was the best thing to do.

“We got our rewards from it because we put in a really good team performance and got a draw which I thought was the least we deserved.

“However, we will have a different outlook on the game against Huddersfield, that is for sure.”

The Lilywhites have an impressive defensive record this term but have struggled in the opposition's penalty area - especially with a long term absence for former Town striker Jermaine Beckford.

“Putting the ball in the net is the most difficult part of football,” said Grayson.

“That is why the best strikers in most divisions tend to cost a lot of money.