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Cummins Had The Feeling

6 November 2012

PNE.Com speak to number Graham Cummins after his 94th minute equaliser against Carlisle United

“It tends be the case when we start well we usually push on and win well, like at Scunthorpe, Crystal Palace Hartlepool and Swindon, and other games like that. It might have changed the game but decisions happen in football and you’ve just got to get on with it really.”

“I think we all looked to Lairdy and he wasn’t really claiming it that much but if that is awarded it changes the game.

“I didn’t see Lairdy’s goal but I thought it might have gone in. I wondered how a keeper can push it onto the post and it does not end up crossing the line.

Preston were left feeling aggrieved after Scott Laird’s early strike was wrongly deemed to have not crossed the line, with Cummins feeling if the goal had been given it would have changed the outcome of the game.

“You’re hungrier when you’re just watching games. I’ve just got to keep coming on and doing something to stake a claim for a starting place.”

“It’s tough when you’re not playing and you’re watching from the stands, but sometimes it makes you more eager to play.

All he wanted was a goal and luckily it happened and I am happy to get on scoresheet.

“The gaffer said to me ‘come on and make a difference.’ That’s why he puts anyone on, because he wants them to come on and make a difference. He told me to get on and score.

“It has been a long time coming so it is a good feeling and it’s nice to get the monkey off my back with that first league goal of the season, and my first at Deepdale, so hopefully I can just kick on now.

“I had a little feeling that I might come on and score tonight. It is great to get my first goal at Deepdale.

Cummins revealed after the game that he had had a premonition that he would score tonight, and that he hopes he can now kick on and force his way into manager Graham Westley’s starting eleven.

“Like I said it was a great ball in from Lee and I am just happy to get the goal, even more so as I thought the keeper had saved it. I had my heart in my mouth when I saw he got his hand on it, so I am just relieved to see it go in.”

“Credit must go to the team as well for keep going at the end. We could have just let the game die and taken the defeat but we kept pushing on.

“It was good to get my first goal in the league this year too to open my account. It was a great ball in by Lee Holmes.

“It was great to score the header tonight,” said Cummins. “I’ll take a goal no matter how it comes, whether with my feet or a header, but so far it’s just been headers.

The Irishman headed home Lee Holmes’ cross in the dying seconds as he notched his first league strike of the season. The 24-year-old’s finish saw him extend his run of only scoring with his head in league games for the Lilywhites after his goals at Bramall Lane and Hillsborough last year.

Graham Cummins was delighted to score his first goal at Deepdale as his last minute equaliser secured North End a 1-1 draw against League One rivals Carlisle, in a game marred by controversy.


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