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Kirkland: "We Didn't Give It A Good Enough Go"

9 January 2016

Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was disappointed with North End's early exit in the FA Cup.

The game saw Kirkland make his Preston North End debut, with Sam Johnstone unavailable due to the terms of his loan, but it didn't go as Chris had hoped.

The 34-year-old admitted that the side weren't at their best on the day, leaving the dressing room disappointed at full-time. 

"It was a tough game, we knew what we were going to do, the staff have prepared us well all week, we knew that they were very 'gung-ho', they throw a lot of bodies forward, they shoot from distance and we knew it was going to be a tough game.

"In the dressing room after the game we were disappointed, we didn't really get going, we didn't give it a good enough go today and everyone knows that. 

"So we've got to pick ourselves up now, we've got two huge games in the league. We are away for the week next week so it will be a good chance for us to get together and focus on those two games."

Speaking of making his debut, the former England international added: "It was good, I've loved it since I've come here. I know the situation but it was good to play, though the result it more important than individuals and we got beat today so that was disappointing."

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