North End’s Callum Robinson focused on the bigger picture following PNE’s loss to Middlesbrough this afternoon.
PNE’s unbeaten run, which stretched to ten games was ended this afternoon at the hands of Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough who narrowly edged out in front of Alex Neil’s side, 3-2.
Despite the defeat, North End can take credit for their performance this afternoon particularly in the first half, and Robinson admitted post-match that although the defeat hurts, he and his team-mates will not be too down-hearted.
“We’ve been on a very good run which makes today’s defeat frustrating,” said Robinson to iFollow post-match. “We started the game really well apart from the fact that they get the goal but we get back into it. However, in the second half, we didn’t do as well and we have to defend better in our box.
"We could have been three or four goals up at half-time which is frustrating because we’ve lost the game but we just have to take the positives. We’ve been on a really good run now, we’ll rest up and get ready for the cup game.
“Even in the second half, we were still in the game. We’ve been really strong in the box but today we wasn’t. Credit to the lads at the back who have been great all season, but today it just never landed to us in the box, and for the second one, the lad’s chopped in and I probably should have shown him his weaker side, but we’ve been on a good run and we were still in the game throughout.”
Robinson grabbed his third goal of the season with a clinical header on the quarter of an hour mark, and after scoring away at Hull and Bristol City this campaign, today was his first at Deepdale.
“I was really happy personally to have got the goal so it’s good to get on the scoresheet,” continued Robinson on his first home goal of the season, “and it was good for us to get back into the game so quick.
“The defeat is frustrating, but they’ve got a very good squad and have experience and that just shows how far we’ve come. Teams do not come here and get a win easy and you can see that they respected us on the pitch today.”
Watch Callum's full interview on iFollow now.