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Simon Grayson: We Missed Chances At Crucial Stages

23 January 2016

Manager Simon Grayson felt his side missed the chance to get something out of the game when on top in the second half.

The PNE gaffer spoke to PNE PlayerHD after the game and said that the chances they created in the first half hour of the second period needed to be taken.

“When you look at the overall game, based on the first half performance they were better than us,” he told the Club’s online TV channel. “We did say that if you don’t stop them from playing, then they have some very talented footballers and we were five yards off them in the first half.

“When we got the ball we didn’t pass it well enough and we were disappointed to be 2-1 down at half-time. 

“We knew we could get better and we did get better second half. We had some really good opportunities, but we didn’t take them. We had some good play, our tempo was better with and without the ball and ultimately at crucial stages of the game we didn’t take our chances when they came along.”

He felt that they got a reaction to the half-time team talk, but their profligacy in front of goal, plus some excellent goalkeeping meant that the points left with the Bees.

“We played more on the front foot and the save Button made onto the bar was top drawer,” he added. “It was a reaction save from Joe’s stab, but we had other chances that on another day should go in for us. 

“We had the chances to make it 2-2 and that would have given us the impetus, the tempo and momentum in the game. Joe’s disallowed goal was very close as well and we got done in the end for the third one on the counter attack.

“We got a reaction second half, but at the crucial stages of the game it didn’t happen for us.”

To watch the full interview – including the manager’s thoughts on new signing Anders Lindegaard -  and to hear from Callum Robinson, click here now to log in to PNE PlayerHD.

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