Simon Grayson reflects on Preston's display against Leeds, discusses controversial refereeing

Preston North End

Preston boss Simon Grayson felt his side were unlucky in their 1-0 defeat at Leeds United on Sunday.

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson has told the club's official website that he felt his team were unlucky against Leeds United, whilst he also told BBC Radio Lancashire that he wasn't convinced by the referee's display at Elland Road.

Ex-Leeds manager Grayson took his Preston side to Elland Road on Sunday afternoon, returning to his former club nearly four years after his sacking.

It didn't end well for Grayson though, as after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was controversially sent off for allegedly handling the ball outside of his penalty area, Leeds snatched a 1-0 win thanks to an Alan Browne own goal.

It was tough to take for Grayson, who watched his side create chances despite being down to ten men, but they couldn't beat Marco Silvestri in the Leeds goal.

After the game, Grayson spoke to the Preston official website, and stated that Silvestri made 'outstanding saves' for Leeds, but felt his side didn't get what they deserved at Elland Road.

"Sometimes in football matches you don't get what you deserve and I think that was certainly the case today," said Grayson. "I thought we started the game really brightly, Silvestri made two or three outstanding saves in the opening period and ultimately the match really turned on it's head with a controversial decision. It was a hugely contentious decision and unfortunately for it resulted in a negative but full credit to the players."

Grayson also felt aggrieved by some of the refereeing on show, even after Pickford's contentious red card. With five bookings, Grayson believes Preston were hard done by, especially as he thought Leeds got away with some similar challenges, as he told BBC Radio Lancashire after the game.

"I was a little bit frustrated that there was a couple of fouls that our lads got booked for, when Leeds United made the same tackles. Charlie Taylor had one right in front of the dugout and never got booked. I don't criticise referees, but it probably wasn't his best game," he added.

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