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O’Neill on Preston draw

16 February 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill was left frustrated as a decision by the match officials had a big impact on the game for the second time in a week.

The Reds had two goals ruled out against Preston this afternoon and the second disallowed goal from Joe Lolley left O'Neill rueing the call as he felt it should have stood.

Speaking after the game, he said: "We should have taken all three points and the goal should have stood. I have seen it back and the goalkeeper has spilled the ball, it is there to be fought for and we have put the ball in the net.

"It should be a goal and we have been robbed of all three points, again, in a matter of three days so that is four points and it is a lot to take.

"It is frustrating and these are the points that you can't get back, not at this stage of the season anyway. If it is early on in the season you can ignore it, get on with it and think things will level themselves up.

"That is a lot of points at this stage of the season and twice in a matter of three or four days."

Overall, O'Neill felt The Reds had the better of the match and should have come away from Deepdale with the three points.

He said: "I thought we had the better chances in the first half and I thought we were going to score. We started a bit slowly in the first few minutes of the game and had to defend strongly. We had to head a few balls clear and Preston had a lot of confidence after beating Norwich in midweek.

"We had to see that spell through and as we got into the game, we created some really decent chances and overall I thought we deserved to get all three points."

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