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Dec Won't Get Down Over Defeat

11 January 2014

Declan Rudd felt that the lacked some luck in the defeat at Wolves, but believes that the better team won.

North End fell to a 2-0 reverse at Molineux, but the Lilywhites 'keeper knows he and his team-mates can't dwell on the result and remains positive about what is to come.

"I think we have got to look at it and just put it to one side and try and get a run going,” he said. 

"I think we were 10 games unbeaten away from home and we've just got to put it behind us and concentrate on the games ahead.

"Wolves are a good team, they've got some very good, quality players, who've played in the Premier League and the Championship and I think today we were just beaten by the better team.

"It's just one of those things and there's a long way to go and we've just got to look at the teams ahead of us."

Despite the result, the former England U21 international made a host of impressive saves throughout the game, and in particular in the build up to the second goal where his first save landed at the feet of Evans. Dec believes that on another day the ball could have landed with one of his team-mates and been cleared from danger.

"I think we missed a bit of luck today, a couple of things fell to them in the box that usually would fall to us and we would clear it.

" I just think it was one of those days today where things just didn't quite go our way, but that's football and there is a long way to go,” he added.

PNE also had a few penalty shouts during the game, particularly in the first half when Iain Hume felt the ball had been handled in the area. But the Lilywhites' No.23 knows that decisions don't always go your way.

"It's hard for me to tell, I'm a long way away but sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don't and today they didn't.

"If they had gone our way it could change the game, but it's all ifs and buts in football, we hit the bar as well, if that had gone in, it could've been a different game.

"There were some positives today and we've got to take them away and build on it and put it right on Tuesday night." 

With a win North End would have moved above Wolves in the League One table, but it is just one game in a long season, and one of just four league defeats for Simon Grayson's team all season, who still sit fourth in the standings.

"We can't look at it and get down and think that we've ruined our chances, because there is a long long way to go and it's only one game. 

"We have lost four games all season in the league, and I think apart from Wolves that's one of the best records in the league, so we've been outstanding all season so far and it's all about just building on that now and putting today to one side and getting on with it.

"We have just got to stop thinking about other teams and concentrate on ourselves, don't look in front and don't look behind us and just get on with it and just worry about our own results and our own performances."

The team were supported by just under 3,500 travelling fans, the third consecutive sell-out away following in the league, and it is something that is hugely appreciated in the dressing room.

"It's brilliant. Obviously you look down one side and it's all Preston fans and even in one corner, so we took more than one stand and the away fans have been brilliant for us. 

"They've been there for us pretty much every away game, we always take a massive following away and they are absolutely brilliant.

"It's a shame we couldn't have given them what they deserved today by taking away a point or three but let’s just hope that they keep coming and keep spurring us on in the games to come."

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