We were lucky to get point, con­cedes Monk

MID­DLES­BROUGH 0 PRE­STON NORTH END 0 CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MID­DLES­BROUGH’S head coach Garry Monk con­ceded Mid­dles­brough fell some way short of their usual stan­dards, but was re­lieved to earn a point de­spite the dis­play.

“That was not the per­for­mance we wanted,” he said. “We are try­ing to set a high stan­dard for the play­ers and the club – and we feel dis­ap­point­ment.

“Over­all, we didn’t do the ba­sics well enough. You have to get the nuts and bolts right and we didn’t.

“We need to take a les­son from (the game) and we never came out on top of them in any in­stance. They were first to ev­ery header, ev­ery tackle.

“The pos­i­tive is that we still take a point and got a clean sheet. The point could be valu­able, but we wanted three.

“But I think we were prob­a­bly lucky to get the re­sult we did.”

Pre­ston have made a solid start to the cam­paign that has yielded eight points, de­spite a tough open­ing set of fix­tures.

Man­ager Alex Neil said of Satur­day’s game: “If any team de­served to win it was us. We had the best chances in the game and we de­served a goal.

“It was a good match. Two good teams and to come here against a team fan­cied for the league, we played re­ally well.

“It is re­ally frus­trat­ing not to get a goal. It was a lack of de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the fi­nal side, and Dar­ren Ran­dolph has made a few good saves.

“We ac­tu­ally had more pos­ses­sion and dom­i­nated. I thought we had enough in the game to win it.”

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