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‘It Was An Ugly Game’ Says Paul Gallagher

20 January 2018

First Team News

‘It Was An Ugly Game’ Says Paul Gallagher

20 January 2018

North End’s No. 12 felt the 1-1 stalemate at home to Birmingham City this afternoon was far from pretty.

In a game which manager Alex Neil labelled as the worst performance from his side this season, Gallagher had similar opinions when he spoke to iFollow after the game.

“Obviously before the game we would have wanted to take three points but the way the game had gone we were lucky to get a point,” said Gallagher post-match.

“We got the goal and looked to take the three points but it just wasn’t to be. 

If you look over it, when you reflect on the game, we’re happy with a point.

“Fair play to Birmingham, who came here, fighting for their lives, they made it a difficult game. 

“It was an ugly game, an old fashioned championship affair. We knew going into the game that they had a big physical presence and when we got the goal, we should have settled down and tried to get our foot on the ball and dictate the play but it wasn’t to be.

“They’re scrapping for their lives but we wanted three points but if you don’t win, the next stage is to not lose the match.”      

Despite North End being far from their best this afternoon, the Lilywhites were ahead for a large chunk of the game after Ben Davies recorded his first goal in PNE colours, and it took a defensive error for the visitors to finally get on the scoresheet through Sam Gallagher on 64 minutes. 

It could have even had been three late on went Alan Browne had two volleys denied by David Stockdale late in the game.

“We’re always going to create chances with the players we’ve got,” continued Gallagher.

“But overall, when you look at the game it wasn’t good enough today and you’ve got too be honest with yourselves and say that it wasn’t good enough.

“In the first half we had a few sniffs after our goal but saying that they had a few chances also. 

“Maxi made a good save in the first half from Sam Gallagher with his foot. It took us too long to recognise what we were doing and who we were playing against but once we got the goal, we looked to settle down and get on the ball more but it just didn’t materialise and it became an ugly game.

“We give them a goal really and that looked like the only way they were going to score and that was disappointing.”


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