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Ben Pearson: "It's Hard To Take But We Can Take Positives"

29 October 2016

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Ben Pearson: "It's Hard To Take But We Can Take Positives"

29 October 2016

PNE's Ben Pearson felt North End were extremely unfortunate not to get anything from today's game.

Pearson put in another man of the match performance at the heart of the Lilywhites midfield, and there are arguments to suggest that he shouldn't have been on a losing side this afternoon.

PNE responded to Newcastle's 2-0 lead by halving the deficit in the 90th minute through an own goal.

It wasn't until the ref blew his whistle that the Toon were assured of victory, with Marnick Vermijl hitting the post seconds before full-time, as well as two huge penalty shouts late on.

"It's disappointing," said Pearson to PNEPlayerHD after the game.

"On Robbo (Callum Robinson) it's a penalty and on Becks (Jermaine Beckford) it's even more so. The crowd have shouted for it and the players know it's a penalty and the ref probably knows looking back on it that it's a penalty.

"It's hard to take but we can take positives from the performance."

Pearson soon turned his attentions to the positives of the performance with North End more than matching their table-topping opponents this afternoon in front of a 20,000 plus crowd at Deepdale.

"I think first-half we've nulified them and stopped them from creating chances and in the second-half we've come out flying," he continued.

"We've had a bad five to ten minute spell but other than that we've been the better team and we definitely deserved a point if not all three.

"We've got that never say die attitude at this club," added the tough tackling midfielder.

"Everyone pulls together and then there's quality on the ball as well. Even after the penalty, Marnick could have scored but he's hit the post so it's a disappointing afternoon but there are positives to take."

To hear more of Ben's assessment on the narrow 2-1 defeat to Newcastle as well as Simon Grayson's reaction, head to PNEPlayerHD here now.

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