After watching his team lose to Newcastle, interesting to hear Simon Grayson claim that NUFC didn’t deserve even a point.

Two goals from Mitrovic won the game but the Preston boss claims that his goalscorer, Jermaine Beckford, should have also definitely had a penalty.

Simon Grayson says he has seen the TV pictures that prove it and claims that Grant Hanley was guilty of kicking the Preston striker up the bum!

Grayson saying that even though he didn’t mean to do it, the Newcastle defender wasn’t looking and took a big swipe up Jermaine Beckford’s backside as he attempted to clear the ball as United desperately defended in the final stages.

The Preston Manager says that based on the game overall, his players definitely deserved to win, with Karl Darlow making far more saves than the home keeper. The home boss going on to say that Newcastle would have felt lucky to have taken one point home, never mind all three.

The stats below certainly seem to suggest that Preston had plenty of the game, with more possession (55%v 45%), more shots (14 v 10), more corners (8 v 0), with only the accuracy of Newcastle’s shots on target (4 for Preston and 6 for Newcastle) in the visitors favour.

It was never going to be another 6-0 today but we’ll very gladly take this valuable 2-1 win, which makes it seven wins in a row (all competitions), and sends Newcastle six points ahead of third and nine points ahead of fifth.

Simon Grayson:

“I am never one for criticising the referee too much, but I have seen the incident on the tape and Jermaine has got into an area, Grant Hanley has not seen him and has gone to clear the ball and kicked Jermaine up the back side and sent him to the deck.

“It’s a penalty and it is difficult to take given how well we played.

“The very least we deserved from the game was a draw. We showed a lot of character, played really well with and without the ball and even before that incident Callum Robinson should have had a penalty as well.”

“We knew we had to play a certain way; stop them playing, get in amongst them and ask questions of them.

“If you look at the difference between what the two goalkeepers had to do today, it speaks volumes of the players and the way we played. We did extremely well, defended strongly and Chris had very little to do. Darlow made some good saves, we should have had two penalties and Marnick hit the post late on as well.

“We asked questions of a really good team today; the only difference was, when they got half a chance, they punished us. It was difficult to take, but I am immensely proud of what the players have done today – how hard they have worked and what they did when they had the ball.

“We can draw a lot of positives from the game and Newcastle will go away feeling very relieved that they have got three points, when they would probably even have been relieved to have taken one.

“The atmosphere made it a great occasion. Our supporters were fully behind the team and the players responded to that and it is testimony to how the players have played when the supporters stay behind like that and applaud them off.

“That’s what the players deserved – they were outstanding today; we have lost a game where we shouldn’t have done, having played outstandingly, so we are hugely disappointed, but proud of the players as well.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Preston 1 Newcastle 2

Goals – 

Newcastle: Mitrovic 59, 71

Preston: Beckford 90

Possession was Preston 55% Newcastle 45%

Total shots were Preston 14 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Preston 4 Newcastle 6

Corners were Preston 8 Newcastle 0

Newcastle starting 11:

Darlow, Yedlin (Hanley 90+5), Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 90+2), Gouffran, Hayden, Shelvey, Diame, Mitrovic (Perez 86)

Unused Subs:

Sels, Gamez, Anita, Lazaar,

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Crowd: 20,724

(For instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s win at Preston go HERE)