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Gregory Gives Preston Verdict

New manager John Gregory has admitted that he feels he made a mistake on how he initially set the side up for the Preston game given we went two nil behind before we'd even passed the 20 minute mark.

Speaking to the BBC immediately after the match the new gaffer held his hands up saying he felt we could play the way he'd set us up but clearly it wasn't working and it had hampered us in how we were supposed to control the game and given it just wasn't working for us, the change to 442 seems an obvious call to make and that did make all the difference.

'It wasn't going to plan, we weren't very comfortable on what I was asking them to do, so I decided to change it and obviously 442 worked for us. The players were totally committed in everything they did and it was nice to give the fans something to shout about.'

For Gregory, following the change, he thought we were the most likely side to go on and win it especially after we admirably battled back from two nil behind to draw level and he thought we were the only side likely to score as the game played out towards its conclusion.

So for him, we have now set our standard in his mind, and it will be that standard that he expects us to reach and achieve in every game, and once we do that, he then wants us to look to bettering it.

Not the perfect start to the game by any stretch of the imagination, but a pleasing end, not least because although chances didn't go our way in the second half, the players kept going until the very final minute to give us a share of the points and it was the least we deserved from the game on balance really.

'The players were excellent in the second half. We totally outplayed them. We had only scored one goal in our previous eight league games, but we doubled that here and certainly deserved something.'

More of the second half moving forward, and less of the first in future will no doubt be the new gaffer's mantra.

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Date:Sunday December 15 2013

Time: 11:19PM


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