We deserved to win says PNE boss

Joe Garner and Richard Stearman challenge for possession in PNE's draw at Fulham
Joe Garner and Richard Stearman challenge for possession in PNE's draw at Fulham
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson felt his side's performance against Fulham deserved more than a draw.

Joe Garner headed the Lilywhites into an 11th minute lead at Craven Cottage before Ross McCormack levelled for the Cottagers in the 78th minute with a free-kick.

North End were the better side in the first half and while they came under more pressure from the hosts in the second period, held firm until McCormack's pinpoint strike.

In stoppage-time, they lost substitute Stevie May to what appeared to be a serious knee injury, the Scottish striker stretchered off after a challenge from Fulham's Richard Stearman.

May later left the ground on crutches with his right knee in a brace and travelled back to Preston on the train.

Grayson said: "I thought it was a good performance, we were on the front foot right from the first whistle, we passed the ball well, defended well and looked a real threat going forward.

"We deservedly took the lead early on and went on to create some good opportunities over the course of the game.

"When we needed that second goal, Eoin Doyle headed over the bar just before half-time.

"You heard the reaction of the Fulham fans at half-time, they booed their team off the pitch.

"Their manager changed their system at half-time to match up our 3-5-2.

"Fulham had a bit more possession in the second half but Jordan Pickford didn't have much to do.

"Unfortunately for us, Ross McCormack showed his quality with the free-kick which saw them equalise.

"After that, we had a go for a winner, we didn't buckle.

"You expect the home side to be on top for the last 10-15 minutes but it was up having a go.

"We couldn't quite get the winner which I think we deserved.

"I suppose you have to be happy with a point against a strong team but we were disappointed not to take all three because our performance was good."

May's injury came just a few minutes after he came on as a substitute for Adam Reach.

When the ball came to him on the left hand side of the box, he shaped to shoot but Stearman came across to challenge and caught him.

Said Grayson: "It is looking like a severe knee injury.

"There is no blame attached to their player but it looks like it could be one of his ligaments Stevie has damaged.

"We will know more after the weekend."