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Frankie: “I Didn’t Think There Was Anything In The Game”

4 December 2021

Frankie McAvoy was left frustrated after his side’s defeat to Blackburn Rovers, feeling there was nothing between the two teams at Ewood Park.

Preston North End fell to a 1-0 defeat against Tony Mowbray’s side, with a Ben Brereton Diaz header early in the second half the goal which swung the game in favour of the hosts.

PNE couldn't from that point find an equaliser, although the head coach feels they should have been awarded a penalty late on when Josh Earl's cross struck the hand of Ryan Nyambe in the area.

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Frankie told iFollow PNE: “I’m extremely disappointed to be honest. I didn’t think there was anything in the game at all.

He later added: “We had good territory and at times when we got the ball into wide areas, the quality of our crosses probably let us down to be honest because the one bit of quality for them up in the corner, they put it in and they score the goal from that so that was disappointing.

“I’ve seen back the claim for the penalty; it probably could have been given as well. His hand’s out, they told me his hand was beside his body, it wasn’t, it’s out and it hits him but it’s just one of real bitter disappointment again.

“They’re sitting fourth in the league, but I didn’t think there was anything between the teams at all.

“They’ve got a wee bit of quality that Diaz showed in the end that’s been the difference between the two teams, so I’m bitterly disappointed again to send the fans home without anything and we did our utmost to try and win the game.”

The playing conditions from the off at Ewood Park were difficult, with the torrential rain pre-match and during the game leaving standing water on the surface of the pitch, which in turn held the ball up in areas.

Frankie feels his side adjusted to the conditions the better of the two teams, but ultimately the visitors couldn't make their advantage count.

“I felt we were really committed to go and try and win the game," he added. "I felt we were certainly the dominant team in the first half and made it tough for them to create much at all.

“They probably were a wee bit better at the start of the second half and that’s when they scored the goal, but other than that there wasn’t a great deal.

“Obviously with us trying to push to get the equaliser, you can always get caught on the counter and that can happen within the game, but over the piece it’s one of real, bitter, bitter disappointment because I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game today.

“But when you’ve got a bit of quality like that, then sometimes that can be the difference.”

4,330 fans were in the away end at Ewood Park and in fine voice throughout the afternoon, and Frankie paid tribute to them in his interview with iFollow PNE.

He said: “[They were] fantastic, I’ve said to you before. I’m just bitterly disappointed again that they go home with nothing.

“That’s what makes it so frustrating and to be honest I’m verging on angry for them because they come here in their numbers, they support us, they’ve done it in all the away games we’ve had.

“We just need to try and put a wee bit of consistency to our performances, and hopefully try and go kick ourselves on up that league.

“It’s up to us, we’re the people who are in control of that, we’re the people in charge of that.”

Hear more from Frankie on iFollow PNE.

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