Who cares who scored, asks PNE boss

Joe Garner, centre, celebrates scoring his sides second goal with team-mates Callum Robinson, left, and Paul Huntington, right, who both tried to claim the goal
Joe Garner, centre, celebrates scoring his sides second goal with team-mates Callum Robinson, left, and Paul Huntington, right, who both tried to claim the goal
Share this article
  • Garner, Huntington and Robinson all claim second goal
  • ‘I only care about the points’ says boss
  • It’s now 19 points from last 21 on offer
0
Have your say

Simon Grayson will not be playing detective over the identity of Preston North End’s scorer of the second goal in their crunch victory over promotion rivals MK Dons.

Three players – Joe Garner, Paul Huntington and Callum Robinson – have all claimed to have put the ball in the net.

I’m not bothered who scored, I’m not going to adjudicate, they can argue all day long

Grayson is happy to let them argue it out, the PNE manager preferring to focus on a job well done at stadium:mk.

The 2-0 win was their 10th away success this season, while they have taken 19 points out of the last 21 on offer.

Victory kept them in second place, two points clear of Swindon and four better off than MK Dons.

Bristol City are 10 points clear at the top and on course for the Championship.

North End’s goal which had everyone talking over the weekend came in the 70th minute, Robinson having fired them into the lead five minutes earlier.

Garner and Huntington both jumped to meet a corner from Paul Gallagher and who got the last touch depended very much on where you were sat in the ground.

The one television angle was not conclusive and Robinson also laid claim to the goal by saying the ball touched him as it beat the MK goalkeeper.

Grayson said: “There were three of them claiming it.

“Garner and Hunts started it off and then Callum says he was in and around the keeper to touch it.

“I’m not bothered who scored, I’m not going to adjudicate, they can argue all day long.

“All I’m bothered about is a clean sheet, two goals and another three points.

“Our general manager Ben Rhodes can decide.”

The stadium announcer gave it Garner, the striker also credited with it by the Press Association, who supply scores and scorers to media outlets.

If it sticks with him, it was the striker’s 16th goal of the campaign – decent going with him having missed 10 weeks of the season through injury.

Grayson was delighted with the win and performance, so too the 1,994 Preston fans who made the trip.

“We worked extremely hard as a team for that win,” said Grayson.

“This season we have worked hard to get where we are and we are having to work even harder to achieve what we are doing at the moment.

“That is what the result and performance was all about on Saturday.

“It was a big result. People played the game up in terms of where both teams are in the league.

“We came out with a real professional performance.

“You know when you go to MK Dons you have to get your tactics right – when to press and when not to press.

“We pressed in the right areas, won the ball back and that contributed to the two goals.

“Every man that went out there worked extremely hard for the shirt, defended with their lives and we played some good stuff at times.

“We mixed it, we went long, we went short, and over the course of the game we were worthy winners.

“At half-time we told the players that if we got a little bit closer to MK Dons in terms of closing them down, we would nick something and then make the right decision when catching them on the break.

“Our back four were solid and high up the pitch, which allowed us to press.

“We probably limited them to one chance and that was a 35-yard shot – it would have taken one hell of a strike to beat our keeper from there.

“Our defending was good, John Welsh did his job well, the back four defended when they had to, the wide players did their job. The work ethic was excellent.”