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Preston North End’s Simon Grayson rues missed chances in draw with Fleetwood Town

30 March 2015

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson was left frustrated after his side were held to a 1-1 draw against Fleetwood Town on Sunday.

David Ball snatched a dramatic late leveller for the hosts, which came after Daniel Johnson had given the Lilywhites the lead within the opening 10 minutes.

Preston failed to build on that early advantage, with Jermaine Beckford missing a sitter and Chris Maxwell denying Scott Laird from close range.

And Grayson lamented his side's failure to secure all three points.

"I think it's two points dropped," he reflected. "In the first half we played really well, their keeper made some unbelievable saves.

"Jermaine Beckford should have scored. It might make the difference between automatic and Play-Offs, that's how tight it is."

The shared spoils means Preston are now 10 points behind leaders Bristol City, while in the battle for automatic promotion Swindon Town are four points behind with a game in hand.

However, Grayson is happy with his side's recent form and knows they remain in a strong position in their bid to make a return to the Sky Bet Championship.

He added: "We're still in a really strong position. We're on a good run - it's 11 we're unbeaten now.

"We're creating chances and confidence is very high.

"However long it takes we'll keep going. The players in there know every game is valuable to what you're trying to achieve.

"We're now coming into a defining part of most seasons. You've  got games close together, you can pick up a good bunch of points."

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