Grayson disappointed with PNE’s second-half show

Paul Gallagher in action for PNE at Bury
Paul Gallagher in action for PNE at Bury
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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson was disappointed with his side’s second-half performance in Saturday’s defeat to Bury at Gigg Lane.

The Lilywhites led 2-1 at the interval, goals from Joe Garner and Will Keane putting them ahead after Tom Soares had given the Shakers an early lead.

Jordan Pickford made his PNE debut at Bury

Jordan Pickford made his PNE debut at Bury

But the friendly swung Bury’s way later in the second period, Leon Clarke equalising before Andrew Tutte scored the 80th minute from the penalty spot.

Grayson said: “When you look back at the first half, Bury probably started off that little bit better than us.

“They are a good team with some good experienced players in there.

“I was pleased with how we played in the last 20 to 30 minutes of the first half. We passed it well, created a host of chances and made it difficult for Bury to play.

“In the second half we just seemed to go through the motions, which isn’t what you are looking for in your last

pre-season game.

“We know what we need to do with recruitment and on the training ground to get better.

“I don’t know why the zip went out of the players in the second half – it is up to them to make sure they still affect the game in the manner we know they can do.

“If you are a defender, make sure you defend and are hard to beat – if you are a ball player, make sure you affect the game by getting on the ball and being creative.

“The overall picture was that we didn’t defend well enough as a team and those players who make us tick didn’t get on the ball enough.

“We looked average and lethargic, which we should not have done.”

Grayson gave a debut to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who had joined on a season’s loan from Sunderland on Friday.

North End now have a clear week on the training ground ahead of their Championship opener against Middlesbrough at Deepdale next Sunday lunchtime.