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Jack King Believes Reds Were Harsh

29 January 2014

Preston North End’s Jack King says that the double sending’s off in the first half at Valley Parade spoiled the game slightly as a contest.

The North End No.22 was disappointed that the referee felt the need to order off both Neil Kilkenny and Kyle Bennett for a coming together just shy of the half hour mark.

Both men received straight red cards for little more than a push and a shove and King felt the fans were the ones to suffer more than anyone else.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, King said: “I think the red cards were a little harsh and spoiled the game slightly.

“It was two good teams, it was a good crowd that has turned up on a miserable night and I thought it spoiled the game a bit.

“Maybe two yellows would have been more correct for the actions, but having given it, we had to get on with it.

“It was ten against ten, we got in some good positions and probably should have done a bit better.”

The 0-0 draw seen PNE pick up another good away point, but the three teams in their sights at the summit of Sky Bet League One all picked up impressive wins.

And King says it is too early to say if tonight’s result was a good or disappointing one.

“I suppose time will tell if that is a point gained or two points dropped,” continued the defender.

“I thought if any team was going to win it, we definitely looked the more likely and I thought when we had 11 men on the pitch we looked very dangerous, we looked to have the upper hand and real control of the game.

“I think we have had the better of it and if anyone was going to win, it would be us.

“It is a big pitch, the surface is lovely, but it was very boggy underfoot so it is tough going.

“You seen Scott Laird going down with a bit of cramp at the end there, it was tough on the legs.

“We have had quite a few games recently and that’s were strength and depth in the squad comes in.

“We can rotate the team and keep everyone fresh.”

Simon Grayson reverted back to his favoured 3-5-2 away formation at the start of the evening, with King reinstalled to the starting lineup alongside Laird.

And he was pleased with how the Lilywhites defended and with his return to the fold.

“I think the 3-5-2 worked pretty well, we have got the cleansheet,” he added.

“James Hanson is always a danger, he is very good in the air, we were fully aware of the threat he posed.

“The gaffer has changed it for the game today as he does regularly depending on the games and on the whole I thought we kept them very quiet

“They only really had the one chance with Aaron McLean when he got through, but other than that, I thought we defended very well and kept them quiet.

“I have a good understanding with the other two at the back.

“We all bring different qualities to the back three, if we go as a three or four, I think we have defended very well all season and I am always there when called upon.”

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