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King: We Battled Hard Today

5 April 2014

Jack King was pleased to get on the score-sheet at Ashton Gate but was disappointed that the side didn't come away with all three points.

"We are probably a bit disappointed to concede in the manner we did, it was a poor goal on our part, we probably should have cleared the ball when it came into the box."

The 28-year-old continued: "Overall it may be a fair result,but having gone a goal up we feel we should have closed the game out."

On scoring the opener, Jack was happy to further strengthen his case to remain in Simon Grayson's side. 

"It's nice to score, you know I've been in and out of the team a little bit so it's always nice to get a goal, but I'm just more pleased for the team really.

"We battled hard today and if we had gone away with nothing it would have been a bit of an injustice." 

The North End No.22 added: "The squad we've got here is really strong we have had a good defensive record all season, but all you can do when asked is to produce your best, the lads are doing that and if the gaffer sees fit to keep playing me then so be it."

The goal at Bristol City was only Jack's second goal of the season, the first coming at Deepdale back in November, also against the Robins.

"I remember scoring against them last time and that's actually when I broke my foot again which was obviously a bit unfortunate and probably the reason I was missing a few games around Christmas time." 

Jack continued: "As I say it's pleasing to score but it's more pleasing that we haven't left here empty handed."

The point from today's result was enough to secure a play-off place for the Lilywhites and King was quick to praise his teammates. 

"It's a big turnaround, credit to the lads, we feel we have probably underachieved a little bit, in the fact that we're not closer to the top, you know maybe even in the top two but it's a credit to the lads that we have got in the play-offs. 

"There are a lot of teams with a lot of points this year, and we need to go into the play-offs, if that's what it's going to be, with positive form."

As for aiming for the top two in League One, the versatile defender is remaining focused on North End's matches only and wants a positive end to the season, even if it is through the play-offs.

"We just need to concentrate on our own jobs, if we don't get into the top two then we need to go into the play-offs positively and in good form and I think we are doing that.

"We are a hard team to beat and if we can get it right when the time comes hopefully we can get rewarded for our hard work." 

Once again the support from the travelling fans was fantastic with 755 North End fans in the away end, something that is appreciated around the dressing room. 

"The fans have been superb, it's a long way down here, they've stuck with us, and we've rewarded them with a lot of good away results. 

"It's disappointing not to send them away with another three points today but credit to them, it's a fantastic following and it has been all season."

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