Tom Bayliss felt Preston North End deserved a better result against Nottingham Forest in his first Championship start

Preston North End midfielder Tom Bayliss was pleased to make a long-awaited first Championship start against Nottingham Forest and felt he was unlucky to finish on the losing side.

By Dave Seddon
Sunday, 3rd January 2021, 4:45 pm

The 21-year-old’s previous eight appearances in the league for PNE had come from the bench but he got the nod on Saturday to replace Alan Browne who was sidelined by a calf injury.

Considering he signed in August 2019, it has been a long wait for Bayliss but steadily he has worked his way into the first-team picture.

He played 77 minutes of the 1-0 defeat, giving way to Paul Gallagher as North End looked for an equaliser.

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Preston North End midfielder Tom Bayliss is challenged by Nottingham Forest's Samba Sow at Deepdale

The result aside, Bayliss enjoyed the experience on a freezing cold afternoon.

“I have been patient so it was good to get the chance,” said Bayliss.

“The gaffer pulled me on Thursday and said he was looking to play me at the weekend.

“I think we were unfortunate to lose the game, on another day it could have 4-1 or 5-1 to us.

Tom Bayliss, far left, takes part in the minute's applause in memory of former PNE player and manager Tommy Docherty

“In the second half we created loads of chances and I don’t think we should be too tough on ourselves with the performance because I thought it was quite good.

“Hopefully I can play against Wycombe in the FA Cup and put in a good performance.”

The big post-match talking point surrounded the penalty which provided Forest with their 70th-minute winner.

Lewis Grabban slipped as he took it and appeared to touch the ball with both feet which should have seen it ruled out.

However, the double hit was not spotted by referee Tim Robinson or the other three officials.

Bayliss said: “I didn’t see the incident which the penalty was given for but the ref took quite a while to give it – he said the linesman gave it.

“For the penalty itself, it looked like the lad kicked it twice. The ref and linesman said they were watching Dec in goal.

“To me it looked like a double touch so that was very frustrating.

“We had chances before the penalty and afterwards to score, unfortunately we hit the bar a couple of times and the keeper made saves.”

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