PNE’s second-half display slammed by Grayson

PNE boss Simon Grayson

PNE boss Simon Grayson

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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson was ultra critical of his side’s second-half performance in their defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park.

The Lilywhites tossed away a lead given to them by Daniel Johnson inside 33 seconds to slip to a 2-1 defeat in West London.

Two goals in three minutes turned the game on its head, Lasse Vibe and Marco Djuricin netting for the Bees to give them their victory.

North End were woeful in the second period, that in contrast to a first-half display in which they were lively and had chances to add to Johnson’s early opener.

Grayson said: “It was a hugely disappointing result.

“We started the game ever so well, got the goal and created some good chances.

“Going forward we were lively and we were quite comfortable in the first half.

“I thought we could have been a few more goals ahead and we limited to Brentford to not too much.

“But it was as if we had put a different team out in the second half.

“All the good things we did in the first half – our passing, energy, the anticipation of the second ball, people running forward and being brave on the ball - disappeared out of us.

“It looked as though when the second Brentford goal went in, one or two players decided that was the end of the game.

“That is not a good attitude to have.

“We had words after the game and the players are aware of how disappointing the second half was.

“It was lack lustre and Brentford showed a lot more desire than us.”

Grayson cancelled the squad’s scheduled day off on Sunday, deciding the preparations for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth would start early.

Striker Joe Garner will miss the Bournemouth game having picked up a fifth yellow card of the campaign in the first half on Saturday, that triggering a one-match suspension.

Also absent will be Eoin Doyle who is cup-tied, the striker having played for parent club Cardiff City in the opening two rounds of the competition.