Date: 8th March 2016 at 8:02am
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Manager Chris Hughton has praised the performance of David Stockdale for helping us to a deserved and fair point in the scoreless draw at Deepdale against Preston.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Hughton in saying it was a fair point, still picked out plenty of things the side needed to improve upon, as for him across the 90 minutes the team didn’t do enough with the ball to take all three – and taking all three was obviously the aim.

‘On the balance of play, it was generally a fair result, particularly away from home. If we felt we deserved more, then we would say, but I think David Stockdale has made a couple of good saves. We had good possession, but probably didn’t create enough real good goalscoring chances and a draw was probably a fair result. We’re frustrated because we had the ball a lot in that final third and on a good pitch, we found it difficult to hold onto it in the areas that really mattered, which would’ve enabled us to set up more. It was a good save by David Stockdale, but he`s been in good form this season. It would’ve been harsh if that had gone in, because I don`t feel that they as a team deserved to win the game.’

With two potential talking points from the game being the offsides calls to both Jamie Murphy and Tomer Hemed either side of the half time break, Hughton went on to admit it was difficult to judge but for him the first one was definitely the tighter decision of the two when it came to goals being disallowed.

‘I think the first one was very close, but there were no complaints about the second one. The angle we got was very close, but I think it was generally a difficult day for the officials and they did well. It was a fair result and a good result away from home. We`re on a good run at the moment, so it`s put a little dent in that, with some of the other results as well. We just need to come back stronger in the game on Tuesday. If you can`t play as well as you`d like away from home, then you certainly can’t afford to lose the game. It`s still momentum and as the season goes on, the games get bigger and bigger, and (Tuesday) it’s another very big game against a team who are close to us.’

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