It’s always interesting to check on the opposition reports of the game and yesterday the Preston press thought the Lilywhites were very unlucky towards the end of the game.
Preston came back well after being two goals down after 73 minutes – both scored by the returning Aleksandar Mitrovic – and former Everton striker Jermaine Beckford equalized on 90 minutes.
And then Preston had a penalty appeal turned down and after almost 10 minutes of added time they hit the post right at the death.
Preston manager Simon Grayson is some of his comments after the game was annoyed at the referee and though they should have had two clear penalties.
Preston manager Simon Grayson – not happy
Here’s some of the report in the Lancashire Evening Post on the game yesterday.
Preston North End slipped to defeat against Newcastle United but came ever so close to grabbing a point in stoppage-time.
Two goals in 12 minutes during the second half from Alexsandar Mitrovic had put Newcastle in command after North End had enjoyed the better of the first period.
Substitute Jermaine Beckford pulled a goal back in the 90th minute and during 10 minutes of added-on time, PNE were denied a clear penalty and then hit the woodwork.
In a thrilling finale, Beckford was clearly pushed as he moved to meet a cross but referee Chris Kavanagh waved away the appeal.
When the ball was put back into the box as the protests continued, Marnick Vermijl, on as a late sub, struck the post with an overhead kick.
North End’s performance was far better than that in the sorry 6-0 defeat to the Magpies in midweek and will count themselves unlucky not to have got anything from the game.
Here’s a link to the full report of the game in the Lancashire Evening Post.
After the game manager Simon Grayson was not happy with the referee and thought his team were excellent:
“There was a lot going on during the game but ultimately we could have had two penalties.”
“I saw replays afterwards and the one on Callum Robinson is a penalty, then the one at the back end of Jermaine (Beckford) is as clear as you can get.”
“Grant Hanley didn’t know where Jermaine was, went to clear the ball and has kicked him up the backside and put him on the deck.”
“It was clearly a penalty but sometimes you get breaks like that when you are top of the division.”
“Newcastle will look back on this game and think they have been very fortunate to have got anything out of it, let along win it.”
“It has cost us from getting anything out of the game but our players were magnificent today. “The way they worked and stopped Newcastle from playing was superb.”
“Chris Maxwell (goalkeeper) hardly had anything to do but we worked their goalkeeper so much and asked questions of them.”
“Some of the Newcastle players who are internationals, were non-existent today.”
“Unfortunately we didn’t get what we deserved from the game, but we can be really proud of what we have done today.”
We were a little lucky late in the game and Rafa Benitez accepted that was the case after the game, but the manager thought it was a professional performance from the Magpies.
The lads found a way to win yesterday when we weren’t at our best and one or two players did go missing during some portions of the game.
Finding a way to win is always the sign of a good team.
In general our players showed fight and courage in adversity yesterday and weren’t powder puff like we were too many times last season under the woeful Steve McClaren, when we surrendered in games – sometimes in the first half!
Preston North End fans seem happy their side are back playing well again after Tuesday night’s disaster and the Lilywhites could yet make a strong promotion bid this season – they looked a strong side yesterday.
Rafa was expecting a tough game yesterday and Newcastle got one.
We managed to get all 3 points and that takes us up to 34 points from 15 games played.
Next up are Cardiff City at home and we cannot have any slip-ups in that game.