GRAYSON BOILING AT REF­EREE KET­TLE Late goal de­nies nine-man Pre­ston

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Scott Hunt

PRE­STON man­ager Si­mon Grayson hit out at ref­eree Trevor Ket­tle af­ter see­ing his nine-man side de­nied a win against Wolves by an in­jury-time equaliser at Deep­dale.

Daniel John­son put Pre­ston ahead af­ter ten min­utes but Joe Garner saw red shortly af­ter­wards and Bai­ley Wright re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low ten min­utes from time.

Wolves fi­nally made the most of their ad­van­tage when Kevin McDon­ald curled in a 91st-minute equaliser to deny Pre­ston their first home win of the sea­son and ex­tend their win­less streak to seven matches.

Grayson was heav­ily crit­i­cal of ref­eree Ket­tle, say­ing he knew what to ex­pect when he was ap­pointed for the match.

“I stick up for ref­er­ees be­cause I know they have a very tough job, but there’s cer­tain ref­er­ees that when you know you’re go­ing to get them you know you’re in for a tough af­ter­noon,” he said.

“We know what we al­ways get when he ref­er­ees. I’m not com­plain­ing just for our side be­cause I thought there were de­ci­sions that went for us that were very sur­pris­ing as well.

“It prob­a­bly sums him up that when I was in the tun­nel wait­ing to see him, he wouldn’t come down the tun­nel to see me. I don’t know what he thought I was go­ing to do to him.

“First and fore­most, credit to the play­ers for how they did.

“The way they put their bod­ies on the line, keeper mak­ing saves and play­ers work­ing their socks off to get the three points makes me hugely proud of what we’ve done.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s tinged with dis­ap­point­ment for them be­cause the re­sult has been taken out of our hands to a cer­tain de­gree.”

Daniel John­son put Pre­ston in front in the tenth minute with his fourth league goal of the sea­son.

The midfielder picked the ball up 25 yards out, jinked in­side his man and curled the ball left-footed into the bot­tom cor­ner.

But Pre­ston’s su­per start was dam­aged af­ter 19 min­utes.

Usu­ally pro­lific striker Garner is yet to score this sea­son and his cam­paign got even worse when he was shown a straight red card for a high boot which caught Wolves cap­tain Danny Batth.

Jed Wal­lace forced a smart save at his near post from Jor­dan Pick­ford af­ter 50 min­utes be­fore the keeper de­nied him again af­ter 56 min­utes, div­ing low to his left to bril­liantly tip the strike from 20 yards round the post.

Pre­ston’s task in the last ten min­utes was made even more dif­fi­cult when Wright re­ceived a sec­ondyel­low for foul­ing Do­minic Iorfa.

Wolves poured for­ward and Pick­ford made another ter­rific save in the 90th minute to palm Batth’s near-post header wide.

But in the 91st minute, Pre­ston’s re­sis­tance was fi­nally bro­ken when McDon­ald curled a right­footed ef­fort from 25 yards over Pick­ford and into the top cor­ner.

Wolves boss Kenny Jack­ett thought the ref­eree did his job and felt his side should have made more of ad­van­tage.

“I think the ref­eree was right – I felt he just did his job,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously the send­ing off and the sec­ond send­ing off are the talk­ing points of the game.

“As of­ten hap­pens in sit­u­a­tions like that we had our chances late when they were weary.

“It was a great goal from Kevin. All of our chances came late on and by the end we were dis­ap­pointed with a point.

“Fair play to Pre­ston though, they do de­fend their box well and did so for an aw­fully long time.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed that we haven’t con­verted enough to win the game.”

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SEE­ING RED: Pre­ston’s Bai­ley Wright fol­lows Joe Garner, inset, for an early bath

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