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‘The Performance Is The Positive’ Says Paul Huntington

25 November 2017

First Team News

‘The Performance Is The Positive’ Says Paul Huntington

25 November 2017

Paul Huntington felt the point that the Lilywhites earned this afternoon was one that was comfortably gained rather than snatched from the hosts.

Tom Barkhuizen’s goal midway through the second half pegged back Norwich after James Maddison had initially gave Daniel Farke’s side the lead. 

Before and after North End’s equaliser, Alex Neil’s outfit had chances to win the game - with Alan Browne’s audacious overhead kick which glanced the crossbar - and a Calum Wood’s header which could have easily have seen North End return to Lancashire with three points. 

Reflecting on the game, Huntington opted to focus on praising the performance of the visitors who frustrated the homes crowd throughout.

“The performance is the positive really today,” said the stand in skipper to iFollow.

“I thought we bossed the game and we’re a tad disappointed - but I’m a glass half full kind of guy so we’ll take the positives of that performance and look to build over the next couple of weeks. 


“We’re three unbeaten now ; after the International break we knuckled down, got some players back and hopefully we’ll get a few more back with a bit of luck and get some more game time into the ones coming into the fold.

“We’re pleased with the performance and the lads gave everything and there’s only so much you can do and we didn’t get what we deserved.”

North End’s goal was much to the credit of Huntington, who met Paul Gallagher’s cross to head at goal - only for Barkhuizen to get the slightest touch before it sailed into the net.

“I wasn’t bothered at the time if I I’m being honest,” on Barkhuizen getting the last touch which saw his name on the scoresheet and not Huntington. 

“I just went off to celebrate - It reunited the relationship I had with Gally on the pitch where he crossed it in and I scored and I did that about ten times in that season when we got promoted but it’s all about the team and nobody’s bothered who scores.    

“When you consider the chances we’ve had. obviously Browney’s done brilliantly to hit the bar and Barky’s had a header wide in the first half. 

“I thought we were quite comfortable; there was just one in the first half that ricocheted in our box and sometimes you don’t know where it’s going to go. Barky’s chance right at the end that he just couldn’t get out of his feet in time but there’s only so much you can do. The manager’s pleased with the performance of the team; I thought we dictated the tempo  and we deserved more points wise. 

“The manager was positive in the dressing room by saying - away from home, we’ve bossed it really.” 

Watch Huntington’s full interview on iFollow now. 


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