Nottingham Forest travelled to Deepdale to face Preston North End last Saturday and returned with only a point to show for what can probably be fairly called less than significant efforts.
Whilst chances in the scoreless draw were pretty much level, the hosts had more of the ball even if they didn’t do much with but, and the disallowed goal for Joe Lolley in the second half was probably the major turning point, and manager Martin O’Neill made his thoughts clear about that as he spoke to the BBC following the game – “We have been robbed of all three points again.”
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme on Saturday afternoon, pundit and former player Phil Thompson believe that hopes of attaining promotion this season were now over after dropping yet more points.
He also ruled out Preston’s own hopes of a Play-Off campaign as they sit three points shy of us.
“I wouldn’t think so.”
Short, sweet but to the point and quite possibly wrong given the games that remain. One thing that always stands true of O’Neill sides is that players begin to generally run through walls for him and if he can foster that spirit quickly, a late resurgent run is certainly not beyond us once he decides on his best eleven.
Six points off is not insurmountable yet, even if we have to factor in some games in hand which do make it more difficult.