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Gaffer Feels North End Lacked That Extra Quality

27 January 2015

Manager Simon Grayson feels his side lacked that extra bit of quality they needed in attack to overcome a first leg defeat in the JPT area final.

The gaffer praised the efforts of his players for their work rate throughout the tie but admitted that his team needed an added creative spark to help them on their way to a Wembley final, but insists the focus must now be to reach the targets set at the start of the season with regards to the league. 

"I think that when you look at what the players have done tonight in terms of their work rate, their effort, they limited them to few opportunities. Obviously as the game wore on it opened up, the last five minutes we left ourselves vulnerable but you couldn't ask the players to do anything more. We've worked hard, we've got into some good opportunities, the 'keeper's made some good saves, we've hit the bar, they've made blocks. 

"The disappointing factor for me is that we've probably not had the extra little bit of quality when it really mattered in that 18-yard box and just outside it to overturn the deficit. But we haven't lost the tie tonight, we really lost it in the mad ten minutes at Deepdale two weeks ago. 

"I thought the defenders defended well, I thought the midfield players competed well, maybe could have passed it a bit better but it's just in that final third where you really need a bit of quality just to make something happen to reduce the deficit. 

"We just have to stick together and we've got 20 games still to achieve our target of what we started in pre-season and I thought the supporters again were fantastic they came down in their numbers and I think they appreciated what the players did and how hard they tried to get back into it to overturn this deficit." 

The full interview with Simon Grayson is now available on PNE Player by clicking here. 

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