Something is better than nothing - a few more draws this season and Preston could have been in play-off contention
Sometimes in football you have to take what you can get. That doesn’t necessarily mean you are being negative, but rather something is better than nothing.
For PNE this season, it has pretty much been all or nothing.
Alex Neil’s side have drawn just four of their 34 games this season – the fewest in the division.
Tuesday night’s loss to Millwall is another example of where a draw can be a good result.
As much as many North Enders will want to win away to Millwall, you simply can’t win every week.
They were second best in the second half and the game as a whole was scrappy. It was an occasion where you come away with something, regroup and set up to go for all of the points next time around.
Instead of which, they got a hit by a sucker punch four minutes from time and lost the game.
The momentum from the 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town is now all but gone.
It isn’t that draws are what teams set out for, they will always look to win the game first, then the back-up is to not lose.
But on 10 different occasions in the Championship this season, North End have lost by just one goal. It is those fine margins that can make a huge difference.
Add 10 points to PNE’s total and they’re level with Cardiff City in sixth place, not to mention the Bluebirds would, in theory, also then be down two more points after their 1-0 win at Deepdale in October.
There is also a lot to be said about the momentum that simply not losing can create.
A feeling of being invincible goes a long way in a team environment and knowing at best you can grind out a point may even have them being more creative and risk-taking going forwards.
As it is, though, the Lilywhites have instead lost 17 games this campaign – only Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham United have lost more and both occupy relegation places.
Wins have outweighed the impact of not drawing but given how tough it can be to create an atmosphere without fans, and the growing discontent from afar, the ability to not lose would be most welcome.
It’s not an easy task but it’s something we’ve seen from PNE in the past.