Wright: PNE’s little Shrop of horrors

High hopes: Bailey Wright (second from left) after Beavon's goal
High hopes: Bailey Wright (second from left) after Beavon's goal
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Preston North End skipper Bailey Wright admitted the last-gasp defeat to Shrewsbury was a difficult result to swallow.

A 90th-minute Matt Richards penalty for then Shropshire side condemned North End to a sixth home league reverse of the campaign.

They had led through Stuart Beavon’s 43rd-minute goal, the visitors equalising through Jon Taylor just past the hour mark.

Calamity struck in the last minute when Ben Davies brought down Shrews striker Marvin Morgan in the box, Richards stepping up to score past Thorsten Stuckmann from the spot.

Wright said: “We’re gutted to lose. We felt we dominated the game and should really have killed it off.

“But we didn’t, we let Shrewsbury get back into the game and make it 1-1, then they got the winner right at the end.

“We’re not happy with ourselves that we let that happen and it will be a tough week on the training pitch this week, trying to put things right.

“It wasn’t nice to concede the penalty late on – we were caught on the counter-attack and paid for that.

“What is annoying is that we had the chances to put the game to bed long before then and didn’t finish them.

“Shrewsbury on the other hand finished their chances and took home the three points.

“When we went 1-0 ahead, we were confident of keeping a clean sheet and going on to win the game - we felt in control yet ended up losing.

“No one is happy at all with a result like that.

“At home we have to be better, our form is way off what it has to be. We need to put that right and try and progress.

“Home and away we need results if we are to make something of this season.”

The final whistle was greeted with booing from the Preston fans, who have not seen their side win in the league at Deepdale since the end of September.

With them now in 17th place in League One, there is concern among the supporters that North End are being sucked into a relegation battle after all the talk earlier in the campaign of 
making a challenge for promotion.

Centre-half Wright had no complaints about the reaction in the stands as a home victory again proved elusive.

“It’s never nice to hear all the boos but the fans have their opinion and want to see the club do well,” said Wright.

“They are going to be annoyed with everyone involved in a result like that and will make their feelings known.

“You hear the booing and it’s part of the job to take that on board.

“If we get the result you get a better vibe, but if you don’t get a result people will let their opinions be known.

“People have mentioned a relegation battle but that hasn’t crossed my mind.

“We are still looking to be involved in the play-offs – that is how I look at things.

“If we are to head up the table we can’t keep dropping points like this.”