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PNE ‘Unfortunate’ Not To Win Says Greg

1 February 2022

First Team News

PNE ‘Unfortunate’ Not To Win Says Greg

1 February 2022

Captain for the evening Greg Cunningham felt PNE were unfortunate not to leave The Den with all three points.

The Lilywhites were held to a goalless draw against Millwall in a game of few chances, with the best of them falling to North End on 65 minutes, with Ben Whiteman striking the post from a penalty kick.

Defensively the visitors were solid, though, to make sure they left the capital with a clean sheet.

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Match Report: Millwall 0 PNE 0

1 February 2022

Speaking post-match, Greg said: “I think it’s a solid away performance. [We kept a] clean sheet, we dominated large periods of the game, we were unlucky to not win the game 1-0, but I thought to a man we worked very hard tonight and were unlucky to not take away three points.

“It’s always a tough place to come. It’s a hostile atmosphere so we knew what was coming.

“Like we always do we did our homework on the opposition and we worked on the training pitch to make sure we executed the game plan as well as we could and we did that for large periods of the game tonight.

“It’s a solid away point. From a defensive point of view it’s good to get a clean sheet and we move on to the weekend.”

Part of the defensive backline was Liam Lindsay, in for his first appearance in the Championship since December in place of Patrick Bauer.

On the Scotsman, Greg said: "I thought he was class. Linds has had to bide his time because Pat’s been doing really well, but Linds has come in and he’s been composed on the ball.

"We know what Liam can do and I felt he’s done himself real justice tonight and credit to him."

As aforementioned, there weren’t too many chances of note for either side, until North End were awarded a penalty when Andrew Hughes was brought down in the penalty area.

Whiteman stepped up to take, but he saw his spot-kick come back out off the goalkeeper’s left-hand post.

Greg added: “I think there were limited chances in the game for both teams so when you get an opportunity like a pen you’re putting your house on Whitey to score.

“It’s inches away. He hit it perfectly, it’s just nicked off the post and come out. On a different day it’s rattling in the bottom corner and we go away 1-0, but that’s football.

“He’ll score more than he’ll miss, so we’ll dust off and get ourselves ready for Hull.”

On the night, PNE were backed by a vocal 516 fans who made the journey south, and Greg showed his appreciation for their support.

He said: “It’s a long journey back for them, they’re not going to get back until all hours, with work tomorrow, so huge, huge credit to them coming down in their numbers because it does mean so much to us when they’re supporting us.

“It’s not easy for people to take the time out of their days to come down. The support has always been amazing and that’s one of the focal points of the club: the fans."

Unfortunately due to technical issues, the video version of this interview is unavailable to watch, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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