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Cunningham Laments 'Sloppy Goals'

8 April 2017

Greg Cunningham cut a frustrated figure when he spoke to PNEPlayerHD after today's defeat.

The Irishman felt the three goals conceded by North End this afternoon were all avoidable, and had the goals been defended better, the outcome could have been completely different.

"I thought we started very brightly and had plenty of chances to win the game," said Cunningham on the 3-0 defeat to Leeds.

"We just gave away some sloppy goals which is uncharacteristic on our part. We kept fighting and we had chances to get back into the game to win it but it didn't fall for us today and it's a very frustrating result.

"They had a few half chances and we probably gifted them their goals to a certain degree. We had to work hard for the chances we got. It's fine margins and we need to be putting them away, when we get a goal back it's 2-1 and the crowd get edgy and then you never know what might happen in the last 15 but it's frustrating to say the least."

The chances Cunningham was alluding to came most notably to the feet of Tom Barkhuizen who, on a different day could have bagged a brace to coincide with his recent form that saw him earn Player of the Month earlier in the week.

"It didn't go Tom's way today but he's getting into those positions and on another day, he'll bang them in and he's done everything but put it in the back of the net today."

"We felt Leeds coming on the back of two disappointing results, we could upset them again but it's fine margins and we've come out on the wrong end."

The scoreline could be deemed as harsh and uncharacterisitc from a PNE perspective, and looking at other results in the Championship today, Cunningham acknowledged that that's the nature of the league North End currently find themselves in. 

On the freak results this afternoon, Cunningham continued: "It says it all when you look at our result in midweek compared to today, that's just football.

"We need to get ourselves right for Huddersfield next week for Good Friday.

"We're going to take every game as it comes and treat them as a cup final and see where we are in May.

"Two big games on Friday and Monday and we'll be up for it. If we get those results, the other teams might slip up but that's what we're banking on - teams to slip up but we're concentrating on ourselves and see where we are but we'll keep going until the end." 

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