We'll be proud of our performance

Last updated : 16 September 2005 By Tony Scholes

We really thought things would change once the Weary Whinger was banished back north of the border but the apprentice can be just as pathetic as was shown last night with initially his appalling behaviour on the touchline followed by his after match comments.

WW used to put videos together of what he believed were refereeing errors, i.e. every decision that went against Preston, Davies couldn’t wait to rush to see the recording of last night’s game to see if he could spot any penalties.

“We could well have had a penalty shout in the second half,” the WW apprentice said. “There were one or two claims that we have to see on the video, certainly the Danny Dichio one looks like it was a push.”

That was only masking the fact that his side had been second best to Burnley for long spells and he did, to some extent admit that. “We are going to get these situations, teams are making it difficult here, and they are coming here and working that little bit harder. We have just got to be patient and keep working away and doing the things that we have been doing and hopefully we will get the results at Deepdale.

“It was a difficult game, there is no doubt about it, we certainly had the better of the second half, we created one of two chances but once again it is just not happening in front of goal. We had one or two little chances and we will take the positives. We kept another clean sheet and we got a point which keeps us ticking along.”

Steve, having sorted out Davies was very upbeat about our performance. “It could have been three points really, because we had the best chance of the game with Jon Harley and if we had taken all three points it would have been deserved. We’ll take our point back and be proud of our performance tonight.”

Looking at how we had played at the back he added, “To be fair, we’ve been okay all season but it has been individual errors which have cost us and tonight, thankfully, that hasn’t happened. I thought everybody in front of the back four worked their socks off but the back four player very well and I thought that was the best game that John McGreal has played all season, he was outstanding when he had to be.

“We needed a clean sheet and to come here and get one is a big achievement, believe me. They’ll be up there again so to come here and get a point is a good point, but we could have had all three.”

He ended by commenting on the free kick that came close to grabbing a winner. “There are a few free kicks we have but we haven’t had a settled team so sometimes you don’t get an opportunity to work on things.

“It wasn’t executed as well as it has been on the training ground, but it did culminate in the best chance of the night and another yard on the other side it would have been on Jon’s left foot and then I would have fancied him to score.”