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The Opposition View - Preston

Following yesterday's 1-0 defeat to Preston North End in the FA Cup second round, here are the views of the respective managers as well as some of the visiting supporters.

Gareth Ainsworth remained positive despite his side extending their recent poor run of form to just one solitary win in their previous eleven matches. ''It was a world class strike from Kevin Davies that separated the two teams today. You've got to take positives from that - we haven't been carved apart, we haven't been opened up, I thought we defended very well,'' he said.

''A little bit of luck would have been good, just to see that ball in the back of the net. We created a lot, but we didn't manage to stick it in the goal,'' Ainsworth continued.

''Simon (Grayson) has given us a lot of respect and put his full-strength squad out - he obviously wanted to get through. I thought we handled it very well. I've got some young kids in there who really performed and shone today, and I'm really proud."

''Stuart Beavon came off the pitch and said to me, ''Wow, what's happened here?'' He can really see the change and he said to me, ''You've got to finish top half of this table'' - and we want to go higher than that.

The back four were superb. Marvin McCoy's been so consistent lately. Anthony Stewart and Kortney didn`t give any change at all to Beavon or Davies apart from the one worldie strike. I think Stuart Beavon realises now we have grown as a club and we have got better with players like that at the back,'' he said.

Opposing manager Simon Grayson was delighted to advance to the third round stage and with it the prospect of an attractive tie: ''We are delighted to have got through because it was potentially an upset on the cards, but we were professional in our approach and did what we have to do to win the game.''

''I thought the first half was even and there wasn't too much quality. We had to make sure we passed the ball a bit better, but we obviously knew we were going to be in a tough game,'' he said.

''Gareth Ainsworth has his team working extremely hard and we knew what to expect, the threat from set pieces, we had to handle that, but obviously a moment and a bit of class from Kevin Davies has won us the game.''

The Preston fans were happy enough to bank a fifth straight away win, during which they have only conceded one goal, as well as securing their place in the third round draw.

The following extracts are taken from PNE online.

Wiseman say said: ''Hard fought ground out win, well done SG (Simon Grayson) and the boys. We ground out a win, kept Wycombe to only two real chances and could and should have added to our goal, whilst not conceding''.

PNEForever2 said: ''Few moments in the last 10 minutes my heart was in my mouth. Still a win's a win. 3rd round here we come''.

Ernest said: ''This match was a potential banana skin and we came though it. Now let's see what comes out of the hat for the 3rd Round''.

Neal Robhead said: ''Beavon also needs to find his goalscoring touch. He doesn't even seem to be getting in to the positions to miss. Good player, hardworking, great touch, but maybe better suited to a midfield role? It makes you wonder how he got 25 goals or whatever in a relegated team!?''.

HappyPNE said: ''Good goal in an otherwise awful performance. It's just a good job Wycombe were even worse. I wouldn't call it composed considering we couldn't string more than a couple of passes together. We were never bad enough to lose but we would've had some trouble against a team with any quality''.

Raefil said: ''Not awful at all, missing several key players I thought we were fully composed and professional. To restrict the home team to only 2 shots on target sums it up for me''.

Next Match: Wycombe Wanderers vs Scunthorpe United, Saturday 14th December 3pm

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Writer: Dale Jenkins Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 7 2013

Time: 10:21PM


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