PNE boss Grayson gutted after final day heartbreak

Preston North End's Jermaine Beckford looks dejected after missing a first half chance
Preston North End's Jermaine Beckford looks dejected after missing a first half chance
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Devastated Preston North End boss Simon Grayson admitted his men were not up to scratch as they just missed out on automatic promotion..

North End lost their grip on second spot in the League One table after losing 1-0 to relegation threatened Colchester United this afternoon.

“We knew what we had to do but unfortunately we didn’t play as well as we could do.”

Simon Grayson

George Moncur’s 82nd minute strike saved the U’s from the drop and MK Dons stuffed Yeovil Town 5-1 at stadium:mk to leapfrog Grayson’s men and clinch promotion.

After 18 matches unbeaten and with a one point cushion over Karl Robinson’s Dons all North End needed to do was win or match the Dons result.

But despite scoring in every league match since November Grayson’s men were unable to fire.

And he said the supply to the forwards was not up to North End’s usual standard.

He said: “Obviously the dressing room is devastated. All the staff are devastated, the supporters will be because we had a fantastic opportunity to get promoted into the Championship on the last game of the season.

“We knew our fate was still in our hands, we knew what we had to do but unfortunately we didn’t play as well as we could do.

“We have been on a fantastic run, played with a lot of quality but today those qualities probably disappeared a little bit for different reasons.

“Players at the front line were not getting the supply that they have had a lot over the season.

“We were getting into areas where we were crossing out of play which isn’t like us.

“One or two decisions in the back four or back three area have cost us as well.

“Obviously it is hard to take for everybody.

“You think it might be your day when Colchester’s Chris Porter misses the penalty, you think right this is a fantastic opportunity but obviously that has gone now and we have to try and get up through the play-offs.”