Grayson relieved with PNE point

PNE boss Simon Grayson applauds the fans at Deepdale
PNE boss Simon Grayson applauds the fans at Deepdale
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson admitted to a big sense of relief after Jermaine Beckford’s stoppage-time equaliser earned the Lilywhites a draw with Doncaster Rovers at Deepdale.

Beckford, on loan from Bolton, struck after 94 minutes in the 2-2 draw - a result which moved PNE up to second place in League One.

North End had led from the 13th minute when Daniel Johnson scored with a shot from the edge of the box.

It was an advantage which the hosts dropped deeper and deeper to defend but Donny equalised nine minutes from time through Harry Forrester.

Then Curtis Main looped in a header four minutes later to give the visitors the lead and seemingly put them on course for victory.

But Beckford made a big impact from the bench, the 85th minute substitute volleying home a Kevin Davies flick-on deep into time added on.

Grayson said: “In the first half we played quite well, passed it around well and had some energy about us.

“We scored a good goal and had some other half chances.

“In the second half we didn’t play forward enough, didn’t get into their half of the pitch enough or put them under pressure.

“Conceding two quick goals then rocked us.

“We had to throw bodies forward and thankfully the ball fell to probably the only man on the pitch who would have finished that.

“I suppose what goes around comes around, we conceded a last minute equaliser at their place in August and last night we did that - it is another valuable point.

“We would have liked to have won the game but when you look at Doncaster they have had a good run lately.

“We needed a second goal to kill the game off but in the second half we were a bit too deep.

“We played too many short passes, didn’t work their back four and you have to do that, play the conditions and the elements.

“Sometimes a 40-yard ball over the top gives you the chance to get out and get a breather.

“We kept going, showed a lot of desire and I was very relieved to see the ball hit the back of the net.”