Shocked by the lack of pride and passion! Preston supporter John Smith upset by FA Cup loss to Wycombe

Before this game I thought that we could end our dismal run in the FA  Cup.

Sunday, 10th January 2021, 1:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th January 2021, 1:36 pm
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We have lost six out of our last seven FA Cup third round ties in what I considered to be a winnable tie against a side who had won just one game in their last 13 outings.

However from the off, it soon became clear that this would not be the case as some slack defending allowed the home side to race into a 3-0 lead after just 25 minutes.

Alex Neil made seven changes for this tie giving an opportunity to some of our fringe players.But in my opinion none of those really cut the mustard and it looked like we were a non league side trying to keep the score down against more gifted league opponents.

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A penalty just before the break gave us a glimmer of hope but it was only a very small one. Following the half time introduction of Alan Browne and Paul Huntington things got slightly better in the second half but make no mistake this was an absolutely awful all round display.

Even though it was free to watch our performance still did not provide value for my money with the only positive being that when the final whistle went I was sitting in a warm house getting ready to tuck into a chicken dinner instead of facing a long depressing journey back from Buckinghamshire.

Until recently I had sympathy for our manager who has come under some harsh criticism while battling against injuries and the current contract situation of key players.

However on this occasion I was bemused by his team selection in playing two similar target players up front with nobody of note playing out wide to deliver any crosses which I felt was the reason we failed to create hardly anything in terms of goalscoring chances.

It is easy to dismiss this result our joint heaviest of the season so far and have the attitude that it was only the FA Cup but personally I am deeply alarmed by the lack of pride or passion in the way we were rolled over by a Wycombe side who did not possess the same quality as the Watford team who beat us by the same scoreline.