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Simon Grayson: “It’s A Penalty”

29 October 2016

Club News

Simon Grayson: “It’s A Penalty”

29 October 2016

Manager Simon Grayson felt mightily aggrieved that his side had not been given the penalty that they deserved in the final seconds at Deepdale.

The Lilywhites should have been given the chance to level the clash with Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United up in the tenth minute of stoppage time when Jermaine Beckford was scythed down by Grant Hanley in the six yard box, but referee Chris Kavanagh failed to award the spot kick ending the game 2-1 to the visitors.

After the game the North End gaffer spoke to PNE PlayerHD and was adamant that having seen the replay again, it had only reaffirmed what he already knew; that his side should have been given a penalty for the foul by the former Blackburn man.

“I am never one for criticising the referee too much, but I have seen the incident on the tape and Jermaine has got into an area, Grant Hanley has not seen him and has gone to clear the ball and kicked Jermaine up the back side and sent him to the deck,” he told the club’s online TV channel.

“It’s a penalty and it is difficult to take given how well we played.

“The very least we deserved from the game was a draw. We showed a lot of character, played really well with and without the ball and even before that incident Callum Robinson should have had a penalty as well.”

The North End players but in perhaps the best performance of an outstanding month, but came away with nothing for the first time in October’s tough run of league fixtures, but the PNE chief was proud of the effort of his team.

“We knew we had to play a certain way; stop them playing, get in amongst them and ask questions of them.

“If you look at the difference between what the two goalkeepers had to do today, it speaks volumes of the players and the way we played. We did extremely well, defended strongly and Chris had very little to do. Darlow made some good saves, we should have had two penalties and Marnick hit the post late on as well.

“We asked questions of a really good team today; the only difference was, when they got half a chance, they punished us. It was difficult to take, but I am immensely proud of what the players have done today – how hard they have worked and what they did when they had the ball.

“We can draw a lot of positives from the game and Newcastle will go away feeling very relieved that they have got three points, when they would probably even have been relieved to have taken one.

“The atmosphere made it a great occasion. Our supporters were fully behind the team and the players responded to that and it is testimony to how the players have played when the supporters stay behind like that and applaud them off.

“That’s what the players deserved – they were outstanding today; we have lost a game where we shouldn’t have done, having played outstandingly, so we are hugely disappointed, but proud of the players as well,” he added.

You can watch more from the manager, as well as hear from man of the match Ben Pearson by logging into PNE PlayerHD or by clicking here now.

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