Manager Simon Grayson spoke to PNE PlayerHD after the Boxing Day clash with Leeds United at Deepdale.
“When you look at the overall game, it wasn’t a 4-1 game,” the gaffer told the club’s online TV channel. “There was nothing much in the game the first 20 minutes. They scored from a set piece, which we thought was a soft free kick to give away in the first place and bad defending from our point of view.
“They got the next one, which was another disappointing goal from our point of view; we then responded very quickly, but gave another stupid goal away.
“We have spoken all week about Leeds having players that can run at you into the box. It is stuff that we have worked on and we allowed Doukara to go all the way into the box and ultimately score.
“We were disappointed with the first half. We were probably five or seven yards off stopping them from playing and we always know that when we stop the opposition from playing first and foremost, then we are going to be a good team, but today we made too many bad mistakes.”
With his team 3-1 down at the interval the manager was well aware of the importance of the next goal and a key point, before the sending off, was Rob Green’s superb low stop to deny Alan Browne.
“At 3-1 you are thinking ‘get the next goal’ and we started more positively in the second half and we gave ourselves an opportunity, but a key moment was the save from Alan Browne and the sending off made it very difficult for us after that,” continued the North End boss.
“It would have been a big fillip for us if we had got that next goal, but ultimately we didn’t and then we were up against it when we were down to ten men.
“The players kept going, but we are disappointed with the outcome.”
On the sending off, the PNE chief had no complaints about Jermaine Beckford’s red card, but was disappointed with the lack of consistency after opposition fouls went unpunished.
“I thought there were some strange decisions for both teams.
“Bartley and Ayling came through the back of Jermaine and he acted stupidly. One of those two could have had a yellow card too and that would have been a second for either of them.
“Simon [Makienok] is also adamant that Jansson stamped on him in the first half.
“We don’t like to moan about refereeing decisions, but you like a bit of consistency, which I don’t think there was there today,” added Simon.
Click here now to watch the full interview with the manager and to hear from midfielder Alan Browne, on PNE PlayerHD.