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Difficult To Take For Davies

12 March 2014

Preston North End striker Kevin Davies admits that Stevenage’s late equaliser against the Lilywhites was difficult to take for him and his team-mates.

Stevenage scored in stoppage time to snatch a point through Jimmy Smith, after Tom Clarke had given Preston an early lead.

And the veteran striker believes than North End needs to learn to see games out better.

Speaking to PNE.Com at the full time whistle, Davies said: “We are disappointed, I think we were comfortable until they scored really, I couldn’t see them scoring.

“They are difficult to take at any level really and to concede in injury time, we just needed to manage the game a little better and get the ball into the corners to see the game out.

“We feel we have thrown two points away and we have done that a few too many times this season.

“Too many draws are costing us at the minute and to get into that top two, it is going to be hard because they keep winning.

“We just didn’t see this one out and it would have been a good result, but it just wasn’t to be today.

“I think there was an opportunity just before they scored, we took a deep free kick and it went straight into their ‘keeper’s arms and playing against a side like this, there is only one way it is going to go.

“We defended throughout the game very well, but I think that was an opportunity were we could just put one into the corner and waste some time there.

“Instead of that, we have hit a diagonal and it has gone straight into the ‘keeper’s hands and put the pressure on our back lads again.

“Little things like that need to be managed really; I’m not saying that cost us, we still  tried to defend it right and it is just an unfortunate deflection I think and it went in the back of the net for them, so yeah, it was disappointing.

“We knew what to expect when we came here, it wasn’t a classic game and the manager picked a side for a battling performance.

“We didn’t create too many chances ourselves, it probably wasn’t a classic game to watch, but having got yourself in front and being comfortable for most of the game, they are always difficult ones to take.

“We will take the point and we will move on to the next game now.

“We can’t do anything about it now, we have got big games coming up between now and the end of the season, a lot of points to play for, so we will just keep going and see where we will end up.”

Davies received his first start since the goalless draw with MK Dons as he partnered Joe Garner up front, and the No.9 was pleased to get another start under his belt and states he has no issue with his recent cameo from the substitutes bench role.

“It was good to get a start again; the team have been doing well so I have no qualms about not being involved,” continued Davies.

“We are a great squad and everybody is in it together, there are players missing out who can’t even get on the bench at the minute, that is the size of the squad and the strength of it.

“It was nice to get a run out, nice to play a little part in the goal as well and just disappointed that it wasn’t to be the winner for us.

“But as I say, we get on with the next one, so it was nice to get a start and we will see if I can get another one against my old team Sheffield United on Monday.

“We will all stick together as a team and keep going.”

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