Grayson happy with PNE draw

PNE striker Jordan Hugill in action at Brighton

PNE striker Jordan Hugill in action at Brighton

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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson was pleased with his side’s draw at league leaders Brighton and felt they could even have won it.

Their 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium means they have kept three clean sheets in a row, taking five points in those games.

Grayson said: “Perhaps there is a tinge of disappointment not to have won it.

“But it was always a tough ask to come away from here with anything because of the players Brighton have got and where they are in the division.

“We knew Brighton would start brightly because they always do.

“But for large parts I thought we contained them, we controlled the play at times, kept the ball well and moved it round.

“We had the clearer opportunities - Jordan Pickford had a free-kick to save but that was probably about it in terms of them hitting the target.

“At the end, Joe Garner connected with one probably too well to be fair and earlier he saw a header cleared off the line.

“We looked a threat but we can’t be disappointed to have come to the leaders and come away with a result.”

North End stayed 19th after the draw and can be satisfied with their afternoon’s work on the south coast, this their longest trip of the season.

Grayson said: “It has been a good week for us in terms of three clean sheets and two away trips, done with a makeshift defence which we put together.

“That is no disrespect to the lads who played, they are first-team players but two of them - Calum Woods and Greg Cunningham - are full-backs playing as centre-backs.

“They acquitted themselves very well against a team with players like Sam Baldock and their wide players coming off the line.

“It is a great feeling to keep a clean sheet.

“Five points out of nine in the Championship is rewarding for us.”