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Schoolboy defending cost us

9 September 2012

Peter Shirtliff on the Preston North End defeat

“It’s just disappointing to concede to two set pieces.  We looked as though we wouldn’t score again and personally I am just disappointed to be honest.  One or two of the senior players have not done enough.

It was huff and puff again and we’ve gone down to a set play for the first goal, and the 2-0 down to another set play.  These are things that can be avoided.  To be fair to Joe Skarz, he is out top scorer from left back, so that tells a story.

Both deliveries from their set pieces were good deliveries, but we have to stand up to that.  That’s four games on the spin where we have conceded two goals.  The first was a free header on the far post; you can’t do that at any level.  Not at any level can you do that, that’s just schoolboy defending.

If am I in this seat next weekend, then there will be changes and it will be senior players that will be getting changed as well. I feel let down and annoyed.  I can’t explain why some of the senior players let us down.  All I can judge it on is the performance out there and one or two of them were not upto it.

They have proved before that we can handle it in this league, now we need a reaction and I am disappointed that we haven’t got a point from two home games.  It doesn’t get any easier, but if we are going to do anything in this league then they are all tough games.  Looking at Saturdays results, there are results that you wouldn’t expect.

Andrai Jones looked great when he came on; he was showing me that he was disappointed to be on the bench.  I just wish a few more had shown that commitment.  Shane Byrne did well when he came on. Craig Jones did well when he came on.

We have players that are not starting games, coming on and doing good jobs.  For me, they deserve a chance now.  They are telling me they want a chance.

Of the two injuries, Phil Picken is probably the worst one.  I’m not too sure how bad yet.  They were both contact injuries but we will have to wait and see.

I would have thought the board will start interviewing this week now.  The manager’s position needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.  My name is still in there though it’s very unlikely I will get the job with two points from five games.  I’ve been told that it will be unlikely I will get it if I don’t get points. The trouble is that the next manager that comes in doesn’t get a trial period, so he is going to have to make an impact.

It’s tough, but if you want to stay in this league, you have to get results.  We have to get wins and stop conceding goals.  The problem is equal at both ends of the pitch.  If you are not a goal threat, you are not hurting the opposition enough, then you are susceptible to losing games.

All I can see is what I see on the pitch.  It’s not ability, because I have seen ability.  It’s about rolling their sleeves up and getting on with the job.

It’s frustrating that David Healy is injured, but he’s likely to be fit for next Saturday, though whether he will be fit to last the full 90 minutes I am not sure about, but as I have said, the likelihood is that there will be some changes, and I am looking for some reactions.”

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