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Debutant Disappointed At Missed Chances

23 November 2013

Deepdale debutant Neil Kilkenny was disappointed at North End’s failure to convert chances as they drew 1-1 with Colchester United.

Joe Garner put Preston ahead on the stroke of half time, Dominic Vose replied for the visitors and the game finished all square, despite a hoard of clear-cut opportunities for the hosts over 90 minutes.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game like that,” Kilkenny said in an exclusive interview with PNE.Com following the game.

“I’ve seen a game obviously dominated but the amount of chances that we had, we’re disappointed to get a draw in the end but that’s what this league is all about, grinding out results and we just have to look to the next game now.”

The Lilywhites had numerous penalty shouts in the second half but there was one in particular that Kilkenny believes should have resulted in a spot kick.

“To be honest I didn’t see them all but Joe’s one in the second half towards the end of the game where he’s taken a touch and the defender’s sort of pulled him,” he explained.

“Because if he’s taking a touch and it’s not a very good touch then fair enough but it was a very good touch to take him into a good area of the pitch to just slot past the goalkeeper but, hey, you win some, you lose some.”

The draw means Preston are without a League One win at Deepdale since September but the midfielder, currently on-loan from Bristol City, insists that statistic is not a cause for concern among the players.

“No, you saw today that we created a lot of chance but didn’t put the chances away,” he said.

“We’re just looking forward to the next game and hopefully we’ll get a win.” 

The match marked Kilkenny’s home debut for North End, on the back of an appearance from the bench against Leyton Orient last weekend, and the Australian international admits it was an enjoyable experience.

“It was great, I really, really enjoyed it,” he said.

“I was really looking forward to coming here and playing and I was surprised that I was playing but luckily I was playing and I got the chance and hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in the team now.”

Kilkenny was also full of praise for Garner who scored his fourth goal in three games, saying: “He’s obviously got good movement, he’s very good in the air for his size as well and hopefully he can keep going and keep scoring goals.”

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