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SG: ‘Disappointment Shows How Far We Have Come’

28 November 2015

Club News

SG: ‘Disappointment Shows How Far We Have Come’

28 November 2015

Manager Simon Grayson spoke to PNE PlayerHD after the game and whilst being pleased with his side’s performance was disappointed not to pick up another three points.

The North End boss spoke to the Club’s online TV channel after the game and felt his side had performed very well and only a piece of class from a multi-million pound player had prevented them heading back to the north west with the full spoils.

“We are very proud of the performance today,” said the gaffer. “We have come to face a strong Fulham team, with some exceptional players and put a really good performance.

“Overall we are pleased with a point, but disappointed that we didn’t take the three points. Defensively we were good; in midfield we passed the ball around and controlled the play and the front players looked lively.

“It shows how far we’ve come that we are disappointed that we haven’t beaten a side who want and need to get back into the Premier League, because they have Premier League players.

“The game was summed up by the fact the Fulham fans booed their team off at half-time and they changed their system to match us up, because of how well we were doing, but you just know that you need that second goal in game. 

“We had a great opportunity when Joe Garner headed one back across goal and Eoin Doyle unfortunately just headed the ball over the bar and not down.”

Joe Garner made It two goals in a week with his early header and as well as his star striker looking sharp, the manager felt his whole team were able to play on the front foot.

“We thought that once Joe got his first goal that it would get him going and then crack on and he looked good today,” he continued.

“Him and Doyle looked a handful and we passed the ball forward more, broke quickly and these were things we worked on this week and we were able to implement them today.

“Jordan barely had a save to make and an £11m striker was the difference between us winning and drawing the game today. We were on the front foot; we passed the ball with a purpose forward; we worked and stopped them mounting many attacks and even after their goal we went again and in the last 15 minutes we were looking like the team likely to score.

“Will Keane got in some good positions and there were some other good opportunities and it is a shame we couldn’t convert one of them for the magnificent 2,000 fans who travelled down here today.”

A negative in the final of the five added minutes was the fact that Stevie May was stretchered off and the PNE chief admitted it could be a serious injury for the Scottish front man, although at this early stage he is not jumping to any conclusions.

“Stevie has looked really sharp lately and he drove into the box. Stearman came across and made a good challenge, as defenders do, but unfortunately the follow through caught Stevie.

“It is too early to know the full extent of it, but it looks like it could be a bad knee injury – the signs are not too promising, but we will know more after the weekend,” he added.

To hear more from the gaffer, go to PNE PlayerHD by clicking here. 

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