The first home league game of the season ended in controversial fashion as a late Jermaine Beckford header was ruled out for offside.
“Callum has been very good pre-season and in the games he has been involved in so far and that’s all you ask for the players. I thought there were some decent performances in general today; Liam Grimshaw had some good defensive moments, but we have to keep working hard.
“We took the game to them, made the positive substitutions, but in the end we just came up a bit short.
“We have been working a lot with Callum Robinson about getting into those far post areas and I was delighted he scored with a header, because he doesn’t hit the target too often with them in training!
The goal that PNE did get was created by substitute Beckford, who crossed for fellow second half change Callum Robinson and the gaffer believes it was no more than the young forward deserved.
“In the second half we certainly looked the better team. We passed it, we ran forward quicker and caused them problems. The second goal was one we could have done better with; three challenges that we could have made, but we responded well, got the goal and continued to take the game to them, but unfortunately it didn’t swing our way again.”
“In the first half there wasn’t too much between the two teams; they probably looked more of a threat on the counter-attack, with the pace that they have got, which we expected and we just lacked a little bit more movement and some finesse in that final area.
“The first goal we made a clearance and it ended up on the head of their lad, so the breaks are not going for us, but in the second half we played the game with more of a tempo, with and without the ball, but you are always disappointed when decisions don’t go for you like that.
“It was disappointing and at the time it was disappointing as well, because Jermaine thought it was a clear goal and so did we, but unfortunately that decision didn’t go for us,” he said. “We had a legal goal ruled out for offside on Tuesday night as well, so at the moment we are getting a bit of bad luck.
Beckford then came from behind four defenders to put the ball past David Button, however, the linesman’s flag went up, much to the disbelief of the North End crowd and the manager, who after the game spoke to PNE PlayerHD about the decision.
The North End No.10 powered home from eight yards back after Tom Clarke had headed Chris Humphrey cross backwards into the penalty area.
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