Simpson pleased with Nugent
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Simpson was delighted to see David Nugent back at his best against Burnley.
Preston North End manager Paul Simpson was delighted to see David Nugent back at his best against Burnley.
Nugent found the back of the net in the 2-0 win over The Clarets and showed why he is on standby for a call-up to Steve McClaren's England squad.
"I'm not really fussed if he's called up. I'm delighted that he's in the Under 21s and if he gets a call for the full squad it's brilliant for him and the football club," Simpson said.
"I'm pleased with his performance. He had a real nervy performance against Ipswich (in midweek) and he was back to what he's like.
"It was a good goal, he caused them problems and he was a thorn in their side all game."
Patrick Agyemang scored Preston's second on 75 minutes, and Simpson felt his side deserved the three points at Deepdale.
"I think it was a fair result," he added. "In the end it was a comfortable 2-0 victory."
Steve Cotterill praised his players in defeat, with Burnley going close to beating Andy Lonergan on more than one occasion.
"I think it was a great effort from our boys and on another day we wouldn't come across a goalkeeper that pulled off two outstanding saves, and when we did beat him it was headed off the line or we hit the crossbar," Cotterill said.
"The lads that went out there, as light as we were, gave it everything."
Meanwhile, Cotterill revealed that striker Andy Gray was missing after losing a lot of weight through illness.
"He's lost just over half a stone. He looks gaunt, weak and was nowhere near being involved," Cotterill admitted.