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Simon Grayson Frustrated After Barnsley Clash

10 September 2016

Manager Simon Grayson spoke to PNE PlayerHD after his side’s clash with Barnsley at Deepdale when Aiden McGeady marked his debut with a stunning goal.

“They are an honest bunch of players who are disappointed and hurting after another defeat, but we go again on Tuesday night. We can’t get down about it, we have to keep those positive beliefs that what we are doing is right, which I am sure we are, and hopefully we will keep improving.”

“You make your own luck and you can’t rely on that, but if you are doing what we are doing in terms of asking questions and creating chances, then somewhere down the line you are going to get a break.

“If we had not played well and not created chances and conceded three or four then you would think there is something major wrong, but there isn’t. We are not a million miles away from getting the victories that our performances have deserved this season.

“In the second half it was predominantly us,” continued the North End boss. “We had most of the possession, a lot of shots and we had them on the back foot. They have a creative team with the momentum from last year, but we were asking questions of them, which is why it is so frustrating.

The second half display, in particular, saw the Lilywhites play some of the best football of the season and they racked up 21 efforts on goal, with nearly 70 per cent possession in that latter period.

“Today we created chances; we left nothing out there in terms of effort and we have just been unfortunate to have been hit by a sucker punch on the break.”

“We have to keep working and hopefully a scrappy win will trigger it. We are not being outplayed by teams, we just need to be a little bit but more ruthless in the 18 yard box.

“Anybody who has been at the game today will see that we didn’t deserve to lose,” the gaffer told the online TV channel. “It is frustrating and you can understand why everybody is a little bit down, but you have to keep reminding yourself that we are not far away from turning narrow defeats into draws and hopefully victories.

However, strikes either side of the Irishman’s effort from Sam Winnall and Adam Armstrong gave the visitors the points, something that left the manager and his players feeling aggrieved, after a good performance at Deepdale.

You can watch the full interview with the manager and hear from Callum Robinson by logging onto PNE PlayerHD – click here now to watch the interviews.

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