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Manager Says-Preston 2-0 Clarets

Clarets fans nightmares continue as we get sucked into a relegation battle more and more each week. When will we ever win again? 18 matches now without a win and all the clubs below us somehow are managing to pick up the odd three points now and again as we get perilously close to the bottom three. Yesterday it was the turn of QPR to win away and ensure we are now only 2 points clear of the third from bottom place.

18 Burnley 37 -5 41

19 Hull 39 -17 41

20 Barnsley 39 -24 41

21 QPR 38 -14 40

22 Southend 39 -19 39

23 Luton 39 -20 36

24 Leeds 39 -25 36

Steve Cotterill must be wondering what he can do to change things around, He must do just that though and this process must start against fellow relegation strugglers, Luton at Turf Moor in our next match in two weeks time. Never has such a game been a must-win all season but three points are vital and nothing else will do.

Steve Cotterill has the following to say about the Preston match and our predicament

'Of course we are concerned'says Steve' but we don't look like a side that deserved to lose that game.

'There is plenty of fighting spirit there and togetherness. If I have to be critical, we do lack that bit of quality and we have just seen what happened.

'Nugent had one chance today and stuck it away and that is why he is being linked with the England squad.

'We are getting the bodies into the opposition box and we just have to make sure we get the one in there now who puts it in the back of the net.'

'It was a great effort from our boys and on another day we wouldn't come across a goalkeeper making such saves.

'The one from Kyle, I don't know how he kept out and I don't remember Danny Coyne having to do that.

'When we did beat him, we hit the crossbar. Overall we are bitterly disappointed, but I thought the lads that went out there, as light as we were, gave it absolutely everything.'

Steve Cotterill also revealed that Andy Gray was ill and that he hadnt been dropped due to poor form.

'Andy picked up an illness after the Southend game and lost over half a stone,'

'He looks gaunt and weak and he was absolutely nowhere near being involved today, so that was a big disappointment.'

Steven Caldwell was another casualty in the match and Cotterill explains

'Steven was struggling to carry on and couldn't jump for a header.

'We got away with it until half time, but he couldn't carry move his arm and had to come off. We can't afford to lose four defenders and we have ended up with another scenario of Wade going into right back and Chris McCann going into centre half.

'Those lads gave it their all, and other than a bit of quality that has been missing for a while, I don't think they can give any more.'

'The supporters were brilliant. They came in their numbers, they were vocal and they applauded the players at the end.

'That is always a measure, but they have been great supporters while I have been here and nothing changes that in my eyes.'

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Date:Sunday March 18 2007

Time: 10:30AM


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