Preston North End defender Patrick Bauer counts the cost of wasted chances at Fulham

Preston North End’s Patrick Bauer was left ruing missed opportunities after his side lost 2-0 to Fulham on Saturday.
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An own goal from David Nugent and a late Aboubakar Kamara goal, both in the second half, gave Fulham the three points.

Preston started the game the better side, with Brad Potts having the pick of several chances but his effort was blocked at the last by Michael Hector.

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It is a familiar story for PNE, who often do not take full advantage of dominant spells.

Patrick Bauer after Fulham’s second goalPatrick Bauer after Fulham’s second goal
Patrick Bauer after Fulham’s second goal

But Bauer believes they should have had more out the game.

He said: “I thought certainly in the first half we were the better team, we had three or four really good chances. We didn’t use any of them.

“I said it a few weeks ago but goals change games – we scored the own goal.

“If we’d have scored a goal in the first half it would have been a different game and I certainly think we didn’t deserve those goals against us.

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“To be honest you couldn’t really see the ball from the corner, it could’ve hit anyone.

“It was a frustrating game and I don’t think we deserved to lose.”

As they pushed for an equaliser in the 95th minute, North End were caught on the counter-attack and ended up conceding a second goal.

Josh Harrop’s corner was cleared at the near post and Kamara ran most of the pitch with the ball before squaring to, and receiving the ball back from, Ivan Cavaleiro.

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Having been beaten by West Bromwich Albion and Fulham in the the space of a few days, North End’s No.21 is keen to put the week behind them.

He said: “For the second goal, it wasn’t one of our best corners but today is over and we want to get another three points next week at home.

“They were a good team, Aleksandar Mitrovic is a Premier League quality player, he’s really good. He’s scored many goals already this season. We tried to keep him as quiet as possible. We did well against him.

“In midweek we played the leader of the Championship and today we played Fulham who are currently third, it’s been a tough week but we move on to next week.

“We’re still in sixth and we want to play in the play-offs.”