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Simon Grayson Calls For Goal-Line Technology

30 August 2014

In the aftermath of Preston North End’s draw against Sheffield United, Simon Grayson has called for goal-line technology to be used across the football league following Jack King’s ruled out goal.

The home side took the lead early on through Andy Little; only for Sheffield United’s Jose Baxter to level things up with an effort just before half-time.

As both sides pushed for the winner in the second-half, Jack King pounced on a cross to thump towards goalkeeper Mark Howard, only for the shot stopper to parry the shot away, although the ball looked as though it had crossed the line before Howard cleared.

Despite protests from the Lilywhites’, the referee declared it not a goal leaving Grayson to ask why goal-line technology isn’t used right the way across the football league after it was introduced last season to the Premier League.

“Jack [King] is adamant that it went over the line,” said Grayson speaking after the full-time whistle.

“We’ve had a look at the footage and it looks like it has but it’s difficult for the assistant referee to make the decision from there so I do believe goal-line technology should be used right the way through the football league now.

“It’s hard to take because that would have been the winning goal and a valuable three points but these things happen and that’s football I’m afraid.”

Excluding the controversy, the game was a classic battle of the Rose’s with fans certainly getting their moneys worth after a thrilling game of football and a terrific atmosphere inside Deepdale this afternoon.

And Grayson pointed to the entertainment factor, but was left frustrated that his side couldn’t claim three points today, after arguably edging proceedings with slightly more chances and possession.

“Fine margins win football matches,” acknowledged Grayson.

“But any supporter who left Deepdale today would have seen a fantastic game of football.

“It was a proper game - there was chances, tackles, opportunities scored and missed and we probably would feel more disappointed that we’ve not gone away with the three points because of the opportunities that we’ve had."

As with any football manager, the PNE gaffer took the positives and negatives after the game after continuing their unbeaten run this season, and extending the unbeaten run in the league at Deepdale to 15 games.

“We started the game very brightly - we were very good going forward and the keeper made some great saves,” continued the 44-year-old.

“But we were a little bit too soft in our defending as a team and individually we lost too many battles and you can’t afford to do that in any football match.

“We tried to address that in the second half and we got in their faces, stopped them playing, and created a lot of good chances.

“Their keeper was probably the busier, but they still created chances themselves with the good players they’ve got, so it’s a point we’ll take into the next game."   

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