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Dean: We Played Really Well

29 December 2012

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Manager Dean Saunders spoke to Rovers Player after seeing his side equal a club record run of games unbeaten away from home.

Rovers stunned the Deepdale crowd In the first minute when David Syers looping effort got the better of North End ‘keeper Stuckmann.


Rovers doubled the lead on the half hour mark when David Cotterill’s freekick found the top corner from a tight angle.


And it was three in the second half with Billy Paynter scoring from the penalty spot after Kyle Bennett was upended.


Dean admitted he thought that his side played well and could have scored more with the chances that they created.


“I thought we played really well,” he said


“In the first half we played especially well and scored two goals. The first came from a corner that we had worked on during the week, and the second goal from David Cotterill is another that we worked on although I didn’t expect him to put it right into the top corner - we had other chances as well.


“Second half we expected them to come out and try and get a goal back; they forced us back a little bit but we let them come forward and then tried to catch them on the break, which we did.


Saunders also expressed his view on the penalty decision that went against his side.  

“It was a blatant penalty,” he said


“I don’t need to look at it again, but it wasn’t given to make it 3-0 and you can end up drawing the game 2-2 in those situations.


“We did get a penalty for the challenge on Kyle Bennett, later in the game, and I thought Billy took it well.”


Dean also spoke about the importance of being ready for the next game.


“I’m enjoying watching the players because they are all having a go which is a credit to them, but now we’ve got a couple of days before we play a big game against Sheffield United so we need to make sure we are fully focused and ready for that.”

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