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League One

Gray hails Hay

3 March 2013

Preston boss Simon Grayson hailed Will Hayhurst after the teenage winger scored for the second successive game to preserve his unbeaten start as manager in a 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

Hayhurst, 19, scored from a tight angle in the seventh minute from Lee Holmes' cross to cancel out Adam Chicksen's early opener for the Dons, who have now drawn four successive games.

Grayson said: "We got off to a poor start with a mistake but from then on the players showed endeavour, work-rate, a good attitude and they've put their bodies on the line when they've had to.

"We played a decent passing game at times, we just lacked that little bit of quality in the final third when we were counter-attacking.

"We spoke to both the wide players, telling them when it's going down the other side to get in at the far post because a lot of the time defenders switch off.

"It was great play by Lee and Will burst in there to finish it off. I'm delighted he's got two goals in two games and his confidence will be soaring game by game. But it's not just his goals, it's his overall work-rate, helping out with the defending and the attacking side as well."

Dons chief Karl Robinson said: "I don't think you can question the players' effort again.

"It's frustrating because I don't think you can say anyone shirked responsibility, they've all worked hard and I thought we deserved the win but one sloppy piece of defending has cost us."

Robinson then blasted the assistant referee for failing to spot what he felt should have been a penalty for his side when Dean Lewington went down in the area.

"We had one or two gilt-edged chances but there were two blatant penalties in there for us - it's remarkable how the linesman didn't see the Dean Lewington one," he added. "The arrogance, ignorance and obnoxiousness of that man in front of me is beyond belief. I'll probably get fined for this but I don't care - he is one arrogant man and the way he conducted himself wasn't nice. The things he said, he shouldn't be an assistant referee."

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