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Paul Huntington: "You Don't Always Get What You Deserve"

31 December 2016

Paul Huntington admitted today's draw was a bitter pill to swallow following Sheffield Wednesday's last minute equaliser.

North End made their dominance count in the 77th minute after Callum Robinson's cross deflected in off Wednesday's Sam Huthinson to give PNE the lead with 13 minutes left on the clock.

Simon Grayson's side looked comfortable in preserving their lead only for former North Ender Adam Reach to fire home in the last minute of stoppage time signalling a disappointing end to what was an impressive performance from the Lilywhites.

"The performance was ten times better than in the last game here," said Huntington after North End responded well to their 4-1 defeat to Leeds United on Boxing Day.

"However, at the moment, that's the only positive you can take out of it.

"We deserved to win, I don't think they created anything of note and Maxi (Chris Maxwell) didn't have a lot to do, it's frustrating and hard to take.

"We took the game to Sheffield Wednesday; it was open in the second-half, we had chances, hit the post but as you know you don't always get what you deserve in football so we've got to try and take the positives from the performance.

"I thought the lads that came into the side, Gally (Paul Gallagher) and Geads (Aiden McGeady) in particular gave us a real good attacking threat."

It's a quick turnaround now for North End's charges with a trip to Burton Albion up next in two days time, and Huntington is confident PNE have the quality of reinforcements to cope with so many games in such a short space of time. 

He continued: "We've got a good strength in depth and I'm sure if the manager makes his changes tonight we'll be strong again going into the game, but we know every game will be tough in this division - we'll be in tomorrow and attention will quickly turn to the next game and we move on."

For more reaction from Huntington, as well as Simon Grayson's assessment on the final game of 2016, head to PNEPlayerHD here now.

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