Grayson blames lack of attacking quality for JPT exit

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson looks stoney faced at the Bescot Stadium.
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson looks stoney faced at the Bescot Stadium.
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PNE boss Simon Grayson believes his sides lack of goal scoring prowess cost them a place in the JPT Final.

Grayson’s men needed to score to overturn a 2-0 first-leg Northern Area Final deficit but did not have a single effort on target in the first-half as they drew 0-0 with Walsall.

Despite needing goals Grayson fielded Kevin Davies as a lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the second-leg at the Bescot stadium tonight.

But Grayson believes his men ‘went for it’ blaming a lack of bite up front for the exit.

He said: “We huffed and puffed we just didn’t have enough quality to break them down.

“Conceding two goals in the first-leg obviously made it a really difficult task but we genuinely believed we could turn this around.

“We were good in certain parts of the game. We just lacked that real threat, cutting edge and quality when we got into that final third where it really matters when you want to turn things around.

“You have got to be careful that you don’t lose the tie early on but I thought we started well enough, we went for it.”