The Opposition View - Preston
In the wake of yesterday's 3-2 defeat at Preston North End, here are some views on the game from the Lilywhites' caretaker managers Graham Alexander and David Unsworth along with a few of their fans.
"We scored just before half-time which gave us a bit of life," said Alexander. "If you've struggled to string a couple of passes together and you haven't had any shots on goal, but you get that equaliser before half-time, it does give you that little spark."
"In the second half we scored an early goal and were awarded a deserved penalty which was coolly put away. We could have gone on to score more, but the referee made it interesting by sending Steven Smith off for a nothing challenge."
Unsworth agreed, saying: "That's the poorest I've seen us play all season in the first half, and I was delighted to go in at half-time with the score at 1-1."
"I thought the decision (to send Smith off) was very soft, I don't even think it was a foul. I honestly believe if there were eleven out on the field we would have scored four or five."
The Preston fans were delighted to see their side win at home for the first time since 24th September. Any disappointment at being outplayed in the first half was easily outweighed by the pleasure of collecting all three points.
The following extracts are taken from PNE Online and The Football Forum.
"Three points at Deepdale at last! Dreadful game. Littered with woeful defending from both sides.'
"It was an awful first half! We looked like we were half asleep!'
"We should have been at least five goals down at half time. I hope we haven't used up all our luck for the season.'
"We could easily have been 1-4 down at half time.'
"They were hardly Barcelona, were they? Any other strikers would have scored 4-5 against us today. To concede two against them is appalling.'
Bhagwan H wrote:
"Good job the ref was poor, he disallowed what looked like a perfectly good goal for them!!'
"Wycombe could have been out of sight in the first half but we dominated the second until Steven Smith was harshly sent off. The two loanees Jervis and Bunn both scored and Tsoumou was an absolute beast when he came on and Wycombe couldn't handle him. We were diabolical in that first half though and were very lucky to go in at 1-1.'
"Much better showing once we reverted to 442.'
"The turning point of game was Stuckmann's wonder save at 1-0 down. A minute later we scored the equaliser. We were dreadful first half and lucky to be level. Much improved after the break and at 3-1 up I thought we were going to get 5 or 6.'
"Had it not been for Smith getting sent off then I reckon we'd have got a couple more goals. We were well on top at that point. Even with ten men we looked fairly dangerous on the break and I thought we could nick a fourth.'
Next Game: Wycombe v Rochdale - Sat 21st Jan - 3.00pm