We deserved better says PNE striker

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake tries an overhead kick at Crawley
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake tries an overhead kick at Crawley
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Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has vowed Preston North End will improve after their embarrassing 2-1 defeat to rock-bottom Crawley Town.

The striker joined North End on New Year’s Day but PNE’s automatic promotion push has since hit stormy waters.

Preston boss Simon Grayson admitted January has been a ‘horrible’ month for the club.

His men are on a seven-match winless run and are now eight points adrift of League One leaders MK Dons.

The Lilywhites have only taken two points out of their last three games against the bottom three teams.

Ebanks-Blake saved the day against Crawley’s fellow relegation candidates Yeovil Town.

The striker came off the bench that day and scored his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw against the Glovers.

He said: “I can always improve with the more games I play but it is not about me. It is about the team, the club, the staff and collectively sticking together and trying to get results.

“Hindsight is a great thing. We didn’t score and it was unfortunate but we’ve just got to stick in there – they will start going in for us.

“We are creating chances, which is positive. You always worry when you are not creating chances – when they start going in we will beat a team and get on a run.”

The 28-year-old made his first league start for the club on Saturday but revealed the occasion was soured by defeat.

He said: “Collectively we were all disappointed with the result.

“I was delighted to start – I’m always delighted to play, even happier to win games.

“I’m pleased personally to start but disappointed not to win.”

And Ebanks-Blake believes PNE can get over their January blues and still challenge for promotion. He said: “We are all disappointed but we will move on from it now.

“There are still a lot of games to play, a lot of points to play for.

“We will regroup again and come at it very positively and see where we are at the end of the season.”

The former Wolves forward attempted a spectacular overhead kick in the Crawley clash but the impressive, acrobatic effort just flew over the bar.

He believes PNE deserved to beat Crawley. He said: “I think we were the better team – we were unfortunate to lose the game.

“It was a tough game, it was always going to be a tough game down there.

“The conditions weren’t the best but we played some nice stuff and we are bitterly disappointed to lose the game.

“It only looked like one team winning the game from the first second of the second half, so we are disappointed to lose

“The overhead kick is just instinctive – if it drops I will try it but hopefully one of them will go in.

“That is gone now and we look to tomorrow’s game.”

It was former Coventry prodigy Lee Fowler’s sensational late volley that sealed a rare victory for Dean Saunders men.

Crawley boss Saunders disagreed with Ebanks-Blake and thought his men 
deserved to take all three points.

He said: “It was a great goal Lee’s scored and it’s a good win for us.

“I thought we deserved it – we had loads of other chances as well.”