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Brad Potts: “We Had To Score When We Were On Top”

29 February 2020

Preston North End midfielder Brad Potts felt his side deserved something from their performance at Fulham, but felt they failed to take advantage when on top in the game.

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Fulham vs Preston North End Match Report

29 February 2020
The Lilywhites started the clash at Craven Cottage on top and were much the better side for much of the opening half, with Potts himself heavily involved.
 
Speaking to iFollow PNE after the game, the No.44 said that his side didn’t benefit from their fast start, saying: “We had to score when we were on top. I think in the first half we played well and had a good few chances; I had a couple and it is disappointing not to score, because I think if we had, it would have changed the game, because they have to come on to us and that would help our game on the counter-attack. It is frustrating, but we have to take the positives from today’s game, we gave it a right good go and we have to take that into the next game.
 
“The plan was to press them high and stop them from playing and try to counter and get opportunities from that and we did that, but it was frustrating in the second half to then concede the goal, because after that the game plan is out of the window and they are just happy to see the game out, it is frustrating, but we gave a good account of ourselves.”
 
Brad went closest to opening the scoring just seven minutes in and he thought he had grabbed a goal: “I thought I had scored; I was just about celebrating, because I thought there was no way it was staying out,” he continued.
 
“But the guy [Michael Hector] came from nowhere and it was a great block from him, but I am really disappointed, because I thought I should have scored.
“And I haven’t seen Seani’s goal, but it was obviously given offside, but on another day it might have gone our way.”
Coming in for his first league start of 2020 the former Barnsley made put in a good display and was happy to contribute: “I haven’t played for a while, but the gaffer does usually throw us in against the bigger teams, so I was expecting it.
 
“It was good to be out there; I just want to do as well as I can for the club and, like the rest of the lads, want to push us on and I enjoyed being out there.
 
“It is good that the manager has faith in me and it does suit my game, these type of matches, and you could see a couple of the runs I made on the counter-attack, which is what I am about.
 
“I respect what the gaffer does, it is up to him and if I am called upon, I will do everything I can to help the team.”
 
There are now just ten games to go and he feels that it is good to have the situation in their own control.
 
“It is in our own hands. We have lost two games on the bounce, but we are still in the Play-Off spots, which shows how well we have done.
 
“As long as we are still there at the start of May, we will have achieved what we set out to do,” he added.

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