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Manager 'Hugely Disappointed' At Cup Exit

9 January 2016

Manager Simon Grayson was disappointed to see his side exit the FA Cup in the third round against Peterborough United.

The PNE boss admitted that his side lacked the quality in the final third to capitalise on the chances they created, and is looking for a positive response from his side on Tuesday against Bristol City. 

"We lacked the quality and desire to turn those half opportunities into good chances, we didn't work the goalkeeper enough.

"We were a little bit sloppy with the final ball, we knew how they were going to play, we had a bad start with the goal from long distance.

The gaffer continued: "We got back into the game after that and as the game went on we did have some good chances but we could have been out there all night and still not scored." 

"We didn't know that consistency with our attacking threat that we've got within the team. 

"Whether that's the final ball, the final pass. When it's gone into the box they've cleared it because it's a poor cross or it's gone straight into the 'keeper's hands through lack of quality."

The manager made it clear ahead of the game it was a competition the team would be taking seriously, and was hoping to continue the positive momentum from the last two games. 

"It's hugely disappointing that we've lost the match and gone out of the Cup because we've said before that it's a competition that we wanted to progress in. 

"We wanted to keep the momentum going, but it was an inconsistent performance as a team and as individuals. 

"It's disappointing but we will dust ourselves down and go again but it's not easy to take when you've gone out of the Cup. 

"We've always responded, we have a big game on Tuesday and then on to Ipswich on the Saturday and we want to get on a positive run again quickly."

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