Preston North End winger Will Hayhurst believes sloppy moments of play cost the Lilywhites despite playing well against Middlesbrough.
But despite the positives in the performance, Hayhurst was disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded.
Speaking at full time, the PNE No.24 said: “I thought we all worked hard, even with the changes we all looked fit and strong.
“We were ready for the game and we are just disappointed with the result, we didn’t want that obviously.
“It was a tough game and I thought we did well and did deserve a bit more.
“Over the last season or two we have done well against Championship sides and I thought we did well again.
“We made a couple of mistakes and they got a couple of goals we were sloppy with, but I thought overall we did well; obviously we are disappointed with the result however.”
The game burst in to life when a dubious ‘Boro free kick allowed the hosts to go in front before a clever set play from PNE brought them back into the game.
And Hayhurst was pleased to play a part in the goal – local lad Jordan Hugill’s first for Preston.
When discussing two of the most crucial moments in the match, Hayhurst continued: “I think the lads have said that John Welsh has won the ball and their lad has gone down a bit easily but sometimes you don’t get them decisions; that’s disappointing that it didn’t go our way but you have got to dig in and carry on and we did get the goal straight after but we got a bit sloppy again.
“Overall we did ok.
“For our goal Neil Kilkenny saw them switch off down the side of the wall and it worked a treat really.
“I’m just happy with my delivery and Jack King has got a flick on for Jordan Hugill and he has come in and I’m delighted for him being a ‘Boro boy with the goal.”
Tuesday night’s match marked Hayhurst’s first start of the season, and he is hoping that a positive display will help him push for more starts in the not too distant future.
“I am delighted with my first start,” added Will.
“I have come off the bench four times and I have been itching to start a game and get 90 minutes under my belt.
“I felt really good and probably the fittest I have been so hopefully I can get a few more games and push the other wingers.
“We have got some fantastic players and a great squad and hopefully I can keep improving and doing well to put the other players under pressure.
“We made a few changes today and everyone wanted to come in and impress and work hard.
“Obviously the result didn’t go our way and that is the main thing but hopefully a few of us can go away from here and think we done well and hopefully we can push for a start.
“Like I said, we have got a great squad and it will be tough, but we are all in it together and we all want the same goals so we can hopefully push each other.”