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Simon Grayson Says Wolves Showed A Lot Of Respect

19 November 2016

Club News

Simon Grayson Says Wolves Showed A Lot Of Respect

19 November 2016

Manager Simon Grayson felt that Wolves paid his side a lot of respect by the way they set up at Deepdale.

Paul Lambert’s side didn’t have a single shot on Chris Maxwell’s goal, but they restricted the Lilywhites to few chances too with a dogged performance to earn them a point.

Jordan Hugill did have a great chance to win the game in the 96th minute, but Andrew Lonergan came out quickly and spread himself, giving the forward little to aim at in a last ditch one-on-one.

Speaking to PNE PlayerHD after the game the manager got the type of game he had expected: “We knew it was going to be a tough game,” he said. “They had a new manager, which lifts the spirits and adds a spring to the step and he’s had a couple of weeks to get them organised in how he wants them to play.

“They tried to stop us from playing to make it hard for us, pressing us in vital areas, which was out of respect for us as well. It wasn’t the most classic of games, but ultimately we had a fantastic chance to win it at the end with Jordan going through.

“Lonergan came out quickly and spread himself, but you still expect Jordan to hit the back of the net, given the run that he’s been on. It was disappointing that he missed it, but he has been on fire this season, so he is entitled to miss one here and there.”

It wasn’t a classic encounter, particularly in the first half, as the gaffer admitted: “The first half was scrappy; there were a lot of second balls and we did feel that as the game went on that they wouldn’t be able to keep the pressing game up, so we had to be patient and wait for opportunities and we did,” he continued.

“We started get balls with a bit more quality into the box; we had a great move where Simon just couldn’t quite finish; Jordan had his opportunity and we had one or two more close ones.

“We weren’t quite as clinical in the final third as we have been over the past few weeks and months, but the next best thing after that is a clean sheet and another point.”

And North End are still waiting for their first penalty of the season after yet another strong claim was turned down, this time James Linington failing to whistle when Marnick Vermijl was upended when bearing down on Lonergan’s goal.

“There was a possibility we could have had a penalty in the last five minutes as well.

“There were also a lot of yellow cards today, where it wasn’t really one of those games, so it was stop start.

“The penalty shout you get those sometimes, but for us, more times than not we are not getting them; hopefully somewhere down the line that changes for us!

“You have to give the opposition some credit today for how organised they were, but we haven’t been beaten again,” added Simon.

If you want to hear more from the manager, plus from Bailey Wright, after the Aussie returned from international duty to earn another clean sheet, click here now.

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