Gre­gory to look else­where for goals

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Aaron Bower

CRAW­LEY Town man­ager John Gre­gory says he may have to look into the loan mar­ket to boost his side’s fail­ing at­tack after they again drew a blank in front of goal.

Town have only scored four goals in their open­ing nine league games.

And goals from Bai­ley Wright and Joe Gar­ner con­signed them to de­feat at Deep­dale in what was a lively and en­ter­tain­ing contest.

How­ever, Gre­gory in­sisted he is not afraid to bring in fresh blood to shake up their at­tack, sug­gest­ing his side rely on striker Izale McLeod too much when it mat­ters.

“It’s a per­son­nel is­sue; I pos­si­bly haven’t got the right peo­ple here,” Gre­gory said.

“We’ve got peo­ple com­ing back up to match fit­ness after in­juries, but we had a lot of pres­sure through­out most of the game, so to not score is dis­ap­point­ing for me.

“We rely on Izale too much, so it’s time to have a good look at it and maybe bring some­one in from out­side.

“We’ll look at the loan mar­ket and see if we can find some­one who will make a dif­fer­ence to our at­tack­ing play.

“The prob­lem we have is scor­ing goals, and mak­ing things hap­pen in the of­fen­sive half of the pitch.

“That’s where we weren’t at our best and our game needs to im­prove in that part of the field.”

Preston had the bet­ter of the chances in front of

goal through­out, and they were re­warded for a bright start when Wright slot­ted home from inside the box after a great as­sist from Josh Brown­hill.

Craw­ley almost pro­vided an im­me­di­ate re­sponse as Dean Lea­cock hit the bar with a header.

But that was about as much as Gre­gory’s men could muster.

And, 20 min­utes into the sec­ond half the points were sewn up, as Gar­ner slot­ted home from the penalty spot after Mat Sadler had han­dled inside the box.

De­spite some more pres­sure from the hosts, it fin­ished 2-0, and North End boss Si­mon Grayson was sim­ply pleased to get a win – their first in four league games.

“It’s nicely rounded off what has been a dif­fi­cult week, given how we lost last week­end and then threw away a lead to draw on Tues­day night,” Grayson said.

“We knew the play­ers had to put in a per­for­mance and re­spond, and we had to be brave, get on the ball and make things hap­pen.

“I’m very sat­is­fied that we’ve got a clean sheet, two goals and three points – over­all it was a very good per­for­mance.

“We waited for op­por­tu­ni­ties and were very pa­tient, which was good to see.

“The lads have re­sponded in a very pos­i­tive man­ner, which I’m very pleased with over­all.”

STAR MAN JOE GARNE

R Preston

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