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Keane Frustrated At Defeat

1 April 2013

Captain Keith Keane was left disappointed that the Lilywhites failed to pick up any points on Easter Monday despite being the better team for long spells.

The former Luton man played in the centre of midfield today alongside Nicky Wroe and he was handed the captain’s armband for the first time in his North End career.

Discussing the game with PNE.Com after the full-time whistle, Keane said: “It was a very frustrating one again, we keep saying it but we can’t just keep creating chances, we should be winning games, but we’re not putting them away and we keep getting punished for it.

“It has been the same the last three games, we can’t keep saying it but that is what’s happening at the minute and we need to put it right.

“Apart from putting chances away, we think we are actually playing well, we are not doing a lot wrong except for not putting them away and getting done with a sucker punch goal and that is just what has been happening in the last three games.

“The pitch wasn’t great, but we played the way you need to play on it I thought, it is not the prettiest of football but I think that is the football we had to play and we played it well.

“Like I said, we created numerous chances again, just not finishing them.

“I think we are happy with the way that we played except we are not finishing our chances and it is killing us at the minute.

“I love playing in centre midfield, I am happy playing right back, if the gaffer plays me centre mid then I will give it my best and then it’s the manager’s choice where he plays me.

“As long as I am playing, I am not fussed.”

Roared on by a sell-out away following, Keane led his team out for the match due to the absence of both John Welsh who was injured and John Mousinho who was on the bench and Keane was privileged to wear the North End armband; despite initially fearing someone was trying to wind him up.

“It was a huge honour to captain the team,” added Keane. “I thought it was an April Fools so I didn’t really expect that, but I am very proud and honoured to wear the armband and I was just gutted that I wasn’t able to get the win, especially being captain.

“I never change anything when I am captain, I always play the same way whether I wear the armband or not, it is just more of a pride thing when you do get it.

“You just try to make sure you play to the best of your ability, lead by example and that’s it really.”

The Lilywhites No.2 also singled out the Preston faithful for special praise post match and was frustrated that he could not inspire his team to victory for them.

Keane continued: “The fans are unbelievable; it felt like we was playing at home today. I thought the fans were absolutely fantastic, it was one of the reasons why I joined this Club, the fans.

“I think they are absolutely great and I have nothing but good words to say about them.

“I am just really disappointed that we was not able to give them the win that they deserved showing up in their numbers.”

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