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Late Equaliser A 'Body Blow' For Paul Huntington

14 October 2017

Paul Huntington alluded to the harsh reality of football after North End were denied three points at Craven Cottage after conceding with just seconds before the final whistle.

Although the draw felt like a defeat in the away dressing room post match, Huntington looked at the bigger picture with North End making it nine unbeaten which sees them remain in a Play-Off place.

"It's gutting really," said Huntington to iFollow after the game. "It's hard to put into words and it does feel like a body blow but as a group we've recovered from worse things over the years and I'm sure we'll bounce back again.

"For me personally, I don't want to go down the negative route. Yes we'll speak about the things we could have done better but it's about taking opportunities and tightening up at the time we've let them back in the game.

"We're disappointed as we should have killed the game off and we should have been three or four goals up. Obviously we were under pressure at 2-1 but we couldn't really see them scoring.

"We're disappointed with the time as it's 30 seconds over when the free kicks been given and in another 10 to 12 seconds the ball's in our net and it felt like we were playing until the opposition got a chance but that can happen and that's football.

"We kept winning the ball high up - that was the game plan we just needed to kill the game off so maybe we need to learn how to kill the game off."

The last minute goal saw an uncharacteristic mistake from Chris Maxwell who couldn't quite gather the cross, yet Huntington stated there's no blame at the feet of the PNE shot stopper.

Hunts added: "Nine times out of ten he'd have collected that - and I've just said to him (Maxwell) there - he's been brilliant for us this season; how many times has he saved us?

"The draw is demoralising but we've got to look at the positives, we've got a great squad here and it shows that we're doing a lot of right things coming here and getting a point.

"We've come here in previous years and sat behind the ball and not got anything so we've got a lot more improving to do in seeing out games and learning to do but we've got a young squad and we'll only get better."

Huntington, unprompted took time out in his interview to acknowledge the backing he and the players received from the away end during the game with the fans in particular singing the praises of the North End skipper.

"I just want to say that the support was great today and they gave us great backing throughout. I know it's easy when you're on top but we really felt it as players and we're really disappointed that we couldn't send them home with what they wanted."

Watch Hunts' full interview on iFollow now by clicking on the video above. 


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