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‘Only Team Likely To Win’

27 April 2013

David Buchanan insists North End were unlucky not to leave Bramall Lane with all three points.

The Lilywhites' best chances of the match came in the second half when George Long made a stunning save to keep out Jack King’s header before Lee Holmes clipped the top of the crossbar with a free kick.

And after having several other half chances after the break, the full back thought that he and his team-mates were unlucky not to claim the win.

Speaking to PNE.Com after the match Buchanan said: “They are in the Play-Offs and it was their last home game of the season so they wanted to put a show on for their fans and I thought we came here and I thought we dominated.

“We were just unlucky not to go score, the keeper pulled of a great save, we hit the crossbar and it was a comfortable nil-nil in the end.

“It is one of them games where we wanted to come here and get out the blocks and dictate play.

“We had Lee Holmes sitting in the hole so it was important that the full backs got forward and we got the ball out wide, we had the two lads sitting in there in John Mousinho and John Welsh who done what they are good at, got tight to people, got tackles in and to be fair to them they [Sheff Utd] were flying in early doors and should have had a few yellow cards I thought, but that’s part and parcel of the game.

“As I said, from open play I thought we were the only team who would go on to win the game and they had a few opportunities with us giving away some stupid free kicks late on but all credit to the goalkeeper.

“I don’t think he will pull off many better saves than that throughout his career.

“Jack is obviously not happy, but that’s the way it went.

“Jack has done fantastic this year, he is a great lad off the pitch as well, he works hard and wants to learn all the time and since the new manager has come in he has been a different player.

“We were definitely creating the better chances, they are a good side aren’t they and they only troubled us of set pieces, they have got big guys coming up and apart from that I thought we were comfortable throughout the game.

“It was hard work and hopefully we can build on that for next season now.”

Speaking of next season, the PNE No.16 is hoping to give the fantastic North End following more to cheer about and with Simon Grayson having made a positive impact to date, things are beginning to look a bit more rosy in the Preston garden.

“It is going to be a big season next season,” stated Buchanan. “The fans have been with us all season and we have given them something to cheer about over the last two months.

“We have worked hard and took on board how the new management team have wanted us to play in each game and we have been hard to beat and in the final third go and express yourself and score goals.

“I think they have had a positive impact since they have come in and results have shown that.

“The gaffer always said as soon as he came in that it was all about finishing the season well and finishing the season strongly.

“It always gives you a good stepping stone to start the season well, we have done that since he came into the football club and we could have had a few more points as well.”

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