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Billy On Bluebirds Draw

21 December 2019

Billy Bodin described his disappointment after taking a draw at Cardiff City where he felt PNE had enough chances to take all three, but remained positive after a good team performance.

Billy himself had a few opportunities in the goalless draw alongside the likes of Sean Maguire, Ben Pearson and Alan Browne.

Especially in the first half, Alex Neil’s men were well on top and went into the break frustrated not to be in front.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, Billy said: “We came in at half-time a bit disappointed, the gaffer told us not to keep our heads down because we were all pretty disappointed to be fair not to be leading.

“They obviously had a go second half and were a little bit better, but we had chances in the second half to put the game to bed.

“You get that sometimes, the gaffer just said to keep going they’ve been on a good run since the new manager’s come in. They’ve been picking up points so in the end it’s a good draw but one that were probably a little disappointed about.”

Cardiff City have been one of the Championship’s best sides at home so far this season and have enjoyed a positive run of results since Neil Harris took over.

Before the Saturday lunchtime kick-off they’d lost just once in eight Championship fixtures at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“They’ve been on a good run, they are a good side and they’ve got some good players.

“They’ve obviously come down from the Prem last year so in the end it is a good point but after the performance and the chances it can be frustrating, but we’ve got to come away thinking we’ve done well and take that into the next game.”

Next up for Alex Neil’s men is a trip to Elland Road to face promotion hopefuls Leeds United on Boxing Day.

The point today meant that PNE finished the game third in the table ahead of the three o’clock Championship fixtures.

Billy said: “I think if you told anyone we were going to be third in the league at this stage of the season then they’d be happy with that so obviously it’s disappointing after coming from a game like this where we should have won.

“At the end of the day we’ve had a good start to the season and we can’t let that drop.

“We’ve not been picking up as many points away from home and that’s something we’ve got to change. Hopefully we can pick up a few more away from home and hopefully we’ll still be there at the end of the season”

Over 500 PNE supporters made the trip down to South Wales, a very impressive following especially given the distance and the time of day.

Billy added: “Fair play to all of them that came. Obviously around Christmas time it’s probably hard for a lot of people to travel this far and it’s an early kick off as well so even more plaudits go to them.

“It’s a fair old way; when you see fans travelling that far it does mean a lot so yeah it’s a great thing to see.”

Watch Billy’s full interview with iFollow above.


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