PNE boss promises changes

Jermaine Beckford celebrates after netting his first Deepdale goal for North End

Jermaine Beckford celebrates after netting his first Deepdale goal for North End

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Boss Simon Grayson was highly critical of Preston North End’s play in their Friday night 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient.

The Lilywhites were off colour in the Deepdale clash, the 2-2 scoreline a missed opportunity to get closer to two top Swindon and Bristol City.

Grayson’s men conceded early, David Mooney capitalising on a mistake by David Buchanan to run through and score past Sam Johnstone.

Jermaine Beckford restored parity with a first-half header and then Paul Gallagher netted from the penalty spot to put North End in front.

But they left the door open for Craig Dagnall to slot home a 79th minute equaliser for the Londoners.

Wayward shooting and poor decision making were top of Grayson’s list of complaints after the final whistle.

The PNE manager said: “Our decision-making was poor. We worked the ball out wide from central areas because that was where the space was.

“But then we made too many wrong decisions, trying to cross it when we should not have done, we shot from stupid angles and distances.

“Individuals played as if they hadn’t played with some of their team-mates recently. It was a poor performance in that respect.

“When you go 2-1 up in a game like that and have not been at your best – far from it – then you have to make sure you are hard to beat and grind it out.

“We made it too easy for Orient, their two goals were really soft goals to give away and one or two individuals need to have a look at themselves.

“I understand the supporters’ frustration, they pay their money.

“I’m more frustrated than them because I see those players in training every day and know what they can do.

“Anybody who watched that game would think we don’t do any shooting sessions.

“How we missed the target and so embarrassingly missed the target was there for everyone to see.

“We do shooting every day in training and that probably best sums up our performance.

“We are still in a strong position but what we need to do better is improve in all areas of the pitch, we need to defend better, pass the ball better in the middle of the park, make right decisions.

“Too many players didn’t win their battles.”

Grayson had no complaints that Orient took a point back to Brisbane Road with them, feeling his side had not done enough to warrant victory –despite holding a lead until late on.

He said: “When you look at the overall game we were not good enough, we did not deserve a win.

“Too many people were off it, we didn’t pass it like we can do, didn’t defend like we should do, didn’t work hard enough as a team.

“It was a frustrating and disappointing night. No disrespect but Orient are down there for a reason.

“We should be winning games like that, we did not show enough about us.

“Orient played with a diamond shape which was a bit different to what they normally do.

“They were going to have a bit more possession with them having the extra numbers in midfield but even when we got the ball we didn’t make the right decisions when we were getting forward or in the midfield area.

“A few words were said in the dressing room, if there weren’t I wouldn’t have been doing my job properly.

“If I went in there and told them they had done well, I would be deluding myself.

“I can assure that one or two of them won’t be in the team on Tuesday night.

“I’ve got players who weren’t in the team or 18 who are wanting their places back

“Maybe some think that their place is a little bit more secure than it is.”